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?


About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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