Can't resist sharing this little tidbit of humorous wisdom that a wonderful person sent my way. We've never met, but he yearly at Christmas places an order of St. Bernard Love of God Bourbon Balls to be sent to a friend of his. And each year he makes a generous donation to this nothing consecrated Catholic hermit's existence.
Considering I've been pondering the peace of Christ that controls our hearts, and that this is the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, and it is also the first day in our calendar new year, the following should give us all something to mentally and emotionally chew on.
"Inner peace is:
"If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without alcohol,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
"Then you are probably the family dog!
"And you thought I was going to get all spiritual ...
"Handle every stressful situation like a dog. If you can't eat it or play with it, forget it, and walk away!"
I'm awaiting the couple who so kindly and selflessly are willing to bring me Communion this morning, and I await with a bit of levity mixed with desire for His Real Presence in all form of His Holy Being: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--tangible, intangible, temporal, mystical.
God bless His Real Presence in us! God bless us, every one!