Make Me an Instrument…

I guess it’s rather difficult to get out of the Rat Race.

I read Fr. Peter’s Reflection for today, “The Sun is Always Shining, Sometimes Above the Clouds!” and I will admit, I felt a bit disappointed in myself.

I can’t keep track of how many times I have been too busy to pick up the phone to just call family and/or friends. Even when I know that they need support.Β LL1

I can’t count how many times I have been on the receiving end of that support…how many times I HAVE received the call, the text, the email, and when I’m really lucky, the hug.

Yes, I can go on and on about how there are reasons…kids, spouse, the house, work, and now add homeschool…yes, I have reasons, but in the grander scheme of things, they truly are excuses.

It won’t take but a minute to just say, “Hey, I’m here and I Love You.”

I need a lot to work on.

I need to “Lay Down the Rails” on myself, before I can apply them to my children…that’s Charlotte Mason book, well, adapted-a-bit title of a book.

This Sunday’s Homily, Msgr. Larry really nailed it. Granted, he always does. He is a very wise man, thanks be to God. I am personally quite grateful to have the honour of knowing and speaking with him.

This Sunday he spoke not just of Marriage, but of children, and the Blessing that they are. He expanded upon the Gospel’s reading of how we are to be like Little Children, and today…today I had a very real and beautiful example of that.

My daughter participated in a Homeschool Cross-Country Meet, took 1st place, by the way, not that I’m bragging πŸ˜‰
But what I want to share is a little boy who also took 1st in his division.

He was neck and neck with another boy, they were at the final 100 meters, that’s where I was standing, when as they approached to that final curve to sprint into the finish line, I heard him say, “Jesus, help me finish. Please, Jesus, help me finish.”

It was not a whisper…but he was not shouting. He was exhausted, out of breath almost, but not giving up. And as he prayed, he was not filled with ego, pride, vanity, or any variation thereof, no…he seemed to just really want to keep up with his friend. One could see it.

At the final couple of steps, right before the finish line, this boy won. The first thing he did was hug his friend.

It was quite moving. During the awards ceremony, when he was called up to receive his medal, he was so humble, so polite, so…well adorable! Then his competitor who took 2nd came up and he wanted nothing more than to congratulate his friend. He hugged him during the photos, he high-fived him when he received his medal. He was genuinely proud of his running mate.

When I shared with this boy’s Mom what I heard and congratulated her…yes, her. For he is modeling what he sees and witnesses, she reinforced that in her home, their relationship with Our Lord is first and foremost.

It shows.

Sun Shining

I want to see and feel the Sun, even on those cloudy, dark, dreary days. Even more, as St. Francis makes clear to us, I want to be that Sun for others.

God Love You

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