In our responsorial psalm this weekend we pray, “You, O LORD, are good and forgiving, abounding in kindness to all who call upon you. Hearken, O LORD, to my prayer and attend to the sound of my pleading.” I am heartened by these words as they remind us that the God of heaven and earth, the God whom we worship and adore, indeed is not only good but He forgives, is filled with kindness, pays attention to our prayers and listens to our pleading, to our requests.

We need, I know I need, to be reminded of this time and again especially when things are difficult or uncertain as they have been for some time now. Dan Cellucci, a fine Catholic gentleman and CEO of the Catholic Leadership Institute, shared this story recently. While on vacation, he stopped in the nearby seafood store to pick up some items for dinner and while reviewing the assortment of the day’s fresh catch, chatted with the owners about how the pandemic was affecting their business. He asked, “I guess this season is pretty much make or break for you?” The woman at the check-out countered, “It’s certainly important, but down here, if you only live for the season, you won’t live long.”

This response prompted Dan to reflect on his life and on leadership. Do we live or work for the now, for the season, for the year, or for life? Are our goals focused on the day-to-day or on eternity? Do I discover the presence of God moment by moment throughout my day, week, season, year, life? Do I rejoice knowing that God is always and everywhere with me? Do I embrace this reflection of Pope Francis ~ “Let us never place conditions on God! Entrusting ourselves to the Lord means entering into His plans without demanding anything,”

Sound and practical spiritual reflections, sound spiritual advice for today and tomorrow. Let us embrace God, our Father, who allows the weeds and the wheat to grow to maturity before separating one from the other. He is patient and kind, looking for us to turn to Him at every moment. And when in our weakness we do not know how to pray as we ought, then let us trust the Holy Spirit who prays within us in accordance with God’s Holy Will.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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