It’s been a crazy, blessed, busy summer!
In June, on Pentecost, our two oldest children (Peyton, 14, and Jazlyn, 11) made their profession of faith, were received into the Church, and received their First Holy Communion!
In July, Peyton and I had the privilege of participating in Prayer and Action – a week-long mission within our diocese with teens from other parishes. I went without expectation and ended up profoundly moved! It seems selfish to have gone to serve others and somehow received so much. I would live P&A year-round if I could! We got a lot done in the little town of Belleville during our week there, and I know the other weeks did too!
Last week I went on a 4 day hermitage at the base of the Rocky Mountains (just enough to be out of the city, not enough to get nauseous while driving up the mountain).
I’ve been trying to not keep God in my little box (aka not have expectations) but wowsers did I not expect the hermitage to go as it did 🙂 I will spare you details, though, and instead share some reflections that I journaled while I was there.
During the night last night, I was given Psalm 96 to read. When I read it this morning, verse 6 struck me:
Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
You’re familiar with the song “Sanctuary” right? “Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.” Beautiful song! While we were at Prayer and Action we sang that, a capella, during communion every morning at Mass. While I’ve known the song for many years, that was the first time I’d sung or heard it since my conversion, and my heart melted.
As Catholics He truly does call us to be a living sanctuary for Him – after all, we receive Him – body, blood, soul, and divinity – in the Eucharist. Outside of death, we cannot get any closer to our Lord and Savior than when He enters us in communion. At that time, we come into union with Him and we truly are His sanctuary, acquiring the strength and beauty written in Psalm 96:6.
Lord thank you for calling me to holiness, for purifying my heart, for making me transparent, and firm in my love for you, that I may be, with thanksgiving, a living sanctuary for YOU!