Living Simply at this time of Uncertainty
Hello my friends,
Many of you may be wondering why you have not heard from me. We all have been affected by the COVID 19 virus whether we were exposed ot it or not. My own family has had a horrendous experience with the flu which included multiple hospitlizations of my direct family members. Everyone survived -Thank God!
I call to mind the prayer by Thomas Merton which is from his book called: Thoughts in Solitude
MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. Amen.
Holy simplicity is a very important and a spiritually relative topic for our time. I personally believe that God WILL bring good out of this pandemic tragedy. Perhaps, (I hope and pray) people will take this time to reflect upon what is most valuable instead of the material things and the personal productivity that comes from our daily work. Please don't get me wrong, those things are not wrong or evil but they should lead us to a greater love for God and each other. Do they do this for you?
I recently obtained a book for my wife Theresa, "Holy Simplicity" by Father Plus, SJ.
It really speaks volumes to all of us right now.
The book has been re-printed from the 1951 original. The internet link follows the text.
Let us pray.
Timothy Duff, STM, MA Cert, ERD, BCC
Guardian/ Co Founder
Simplicity: the sure path to God!
The saints assure us that simplicity is the virtue most likely to draw us closer to God and make us more like Him. No wonder Jesus praised the little children and the pure of heart! In them, He recognized the goodness that arises from an untroubled simplicity of life, a simplicity which in the saints is completely focused on its true center, God.hat’s easy to know, simple to say, but hard to achieve. For our lives are complicated and our personalities too. (We even make our prayers and devotions more complicated than they need be!) In these pages, Fr. Raoul Plus provides a remedy for the even the most tangled lives.
Relying on the words of Jesus and the lives of the saints, Fr. Plus maps out a sure path to the simplicity which Jesus praised, a simplicity that bestows on all of us who seek it happiness, courage, and inner peace, no matter how complicated our circumstances may be or how crowded our days.
Holy simplicity. With the wise help of Fr. Plus, you will soon savor the strength that simplicity brings . . . and the abiding joy. With his help, you can attain it.
Click Here for more information on the book by Sophia Press