Drones. Everybody is talking about drones. Whether they’re spying on us, or delivering a new book or box of diapers to our home, drones are everywhere.
Of course, they’re nothing new. Drones have been around as long as there has been Mass. You know, those people (like you and me) who drone through the prayers and liturgical responses without really thinking about what they’re saying.
How many times have our eyes strayed to the ceiling as we monotonously chant, “Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.”
Have mercy is right! We’re too busy checking out who walked in late, who’s wearing what, or shushing our children to really focus on what’s most important.
It would do us all good, however, to recall that at every Mass, the God of the universe, the God who holds our very being in existence is making himself present to us in a real way. It’s absolutely incredible!
So try starting Mass with a prayer asking God to help you stay engaged in the beautiful mystery that unfolds in every liturgy. Because while drones may have invaded our air space, they shouldn’t inhabit in our worship space.
Raise your hand if you remember the poor guy left sitting on Apollo 11 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin played golf on the moon and posed for that MTV promo!
Like so many three person groups, the Holy Spirit is all too often the forgotten member of the Most Holy Trinity.
I think part of the problem we have trouble remembering the Holy Spirit is that he’s the hardest of the Godhead to visualize.
The Father is obviously an older man with long white hair and thick beard. (Right?) The Son has his 70s style, shoulder-length locks and kindly face. And the Holy Spirit – “Uhhhhh…Some kind of a ghost?”
As hard as he is to picture, we have to remember that grace comes from the Holy Spirit. The only way we can pray to the Father is through the power of the Spirit.
In fact, the Catechism states that the only way we can even say “Jesus is Lord” is through the power of the Spirit. To totally misquote Bette Middler, he is the “wind beneath our wings” to heaven.
So don’t forget the all important third person. For Apollo 11, it was Michael Collins. For your spiritual life it’s the Holy Spirit. He deserves all the love we have to give…and more!
Worried about the future? (And I don’t mean how you’re going to follow through on that resolution to complete a triathlon made in front of all your co-workers after your third spiked Egg Nog.)
Though every New Year is really nothing more than the turn of a calendar page, it’s natural to have a bit of excitement tinged with apprehension at the thought of what lies ahead.
But before you allow any alarm to creep into your Christmas after-glow, hearken back to the words of St. John Paul II. In his Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Inuente at the turn of the millennium, he provides the key to a life free of fear.
And, of course, it centers around prayer.
The Holy Father encourages us to “abide in Christ,” because this is the “very substance and soul of the Christian life.” How do we do that? We’ve got to learn the “Trinitarian shape of Christian prayer,” especially in the liturgy. This, he says, “is the secret of a truly vital Christianity, which has no reason to fear the future, because it returns continually to the sources and finds in them new life” (italics mine).
In other words, if you’re living a sacramental life saturated by prayer, seeking the face of the Father and his perfect will, why worry?
So while the new year naturally brings the future and all its unknowns to the forefront of our imagination, don’t forget that every day of this life is simply one step closer to God. That’s the real reason for it to be a “Happy” New Year. God bless you!