Look Back

One of my favorite quotes from Cardinal Newman:

God’s presence is not discerned
at the time when it is upon us,
but afterwards when we look back.

Every so often, I turn pages back in my journal. It’s more than an exercise in spiritual nostalgia. I hope to see threads of God before they are actually tied together and woven. Okay, sometimes it’s just daydreaming. But sometimes, it’s a bit deeper than the oft-quoted footprints parable.

We’re about a third of the way through Lent right now. We’ve heard Jesus preach the three pillars. We’ve encountered him in the desert and on the mountain. It’s a good time to take stock of what we’re doing and where we’re headed this season. If Lent is an encounter with God, has it been a joyful experience? It’s easy enough for it to be a time of self-denial, and of penitence. The two hardest aspects of this season–at least for me–are to find joy and to find solitude.

How are you doing with it?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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