Eleven Ways to Practice Resurrection Now
- Refuse to identify with negative, blaming, antagonistic, or fearful thoughts (though you cannot stop “having” them.)
- Apologize when you hurt another person or situation.
- Undo your mistakes by some positive action toward the offended person or situation.
- Do not indulge or believe your False Self—that which is concocted by your mind and society’s expectations.
- Choose your True Self—your radical union with God—as often as possible throughout the day.
- Always seek to change yourself before trying to change others.
- Choose as much as possible to serve rather than be served.
- Whenever possible, seek the common good over your mere private good.
- Give preference to those who are in pain, excluded, or disabled in any way.
- Seek just systems and policies rather than mere charity for others.
- Never doubt that it is all about love in the end!
–Richard Rohr, “Immortal Diamond”
Spirituality and You is a contribution by Jennings’ Director of Mission and Ministry, Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND.
From everyone at Jennings, we wish you a happy and blessed Easter.
Easter Reflection: This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad. Alleluia!
They woke up one morning beside each other as they had for fifteen years. The scent of last night’s acrid argument lingered in the corners of the room. After a few moments, he turned to her and said, “We need to learn how to love each other again. Can we try?”
Over the course of long-term relationships, the parties change. Phil and Judy wanted to remain committed to their marriage, but they found themselves strangled by years of unpruned misunderstandings. All heart commitments meet similar challenges. All dreams fray a little on their way to fulfillment.
We have followed Jesus through Holy Week on such a road. Passover Sunday filled his spirit with the fresh scent of palms and possibilities. But as the week waned, the Father led Jesus in a daunting direction. He asked his Son to pay the ultimate price for love.
Our lives too will teach us this: every ride on a palm-strewn road meets a fork toward Gethsemane. There is no true love without sacrifice. But the road does not end at the foot of the cross. Loving sacrifice lifts us to see this morning’s Easter sunrise. The life that had lain hidden in darkness now rises triumphant in our hearts. Today, we are offered the grace to live this mystery on our own journeys. Amazingly, Easter invites us to fall in love again with God and to begin our lives anew.
The reflection is posted courtesy of Catholic Health Care USA.