As we were packing up at the hospital last week, getting ready to take Corban home for the first time, morning prayers came over the loudspeaker (the hospital is under the auspices of the Catholic diocese of Richmond).
Today is the feast of St Nicholas. He was a bishop who became the model for Santa Claus, exemplifying the art of giving and receiving.
it doesn’t mean that you will get a new Mercedes.
Choosing love is a more profound choice because it is not just
the spiritual adult who must choose, but also the wounded child
who isn’t sure s/he is worthy of love.
You might have to realize you will have to confront the darkness
in order to find the light.
This isn’t the cotton candy kind of love.
It’s not the instant oatmeal approach to salvation.
It is the kind of love that takes a lifetime to learn to give and receive.
It’s the kind of atonement that happens in the trenches.”
Thank you for the graces we receive that enable us to give and receive.
Help us deepen our capacity and ability to give as well as receive.