“Do not scrutinise so closely whether you are doing much or little, ill or well, so long as what you do is not sinful and that you are heartily seeking to do everything for God. Try as far as you can to do everything well, but when it is done, do not think about it. Try, rather, to think of what is to be done next.
Go on simply in the Lord’s way, and do not torment yourself. We ought to hate our faults, but with a quiet, calm hatred; not pettishly and anxiously.”
– St Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
“Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.”
A sacred healing space for broken
pilgrims from Asia
rises on a
stretch of virgin land in Monte Maria
– land of the Filipina –
Thousands come together
To hear the preacher-healer
A humble priest from the area.
He touches and a spell
Comes upon them; I fell
As soon as I saw him before me
In a makeshift marquee:
We then stood in awe and glee.
I ask the Lady of Monte Maria to pray for me.
© Millicent Danker
19 August 2012 / 22 May 2013
In the Gospel of St Luke, Jesus is clearly described as a ‘healer’.
1 He cast out an evil spirit from a man (Luke 4: 31-37)
2 He healed many people including the mother-in-law of Simon his disciple who had a high fever – he stood at her bedside and ordered the fever to leave her and she rose at once. (Luke 4: 38-41)
3 He healed a man suffering from a dreaded skin disease. The man said: ‘Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean’. Jesus replied: ‘I do want to. Be clean!’ (Luke 5: 12-14)
4 He healed a paralysed man – the one who had to be lowered through the roof in his bed; Jesus said to him: ‘I tell you, get up, pick up your bed, and go home!’
(Luke 5: 17-25)
5 He healed a man with a paralysed hand – ‘stretch out your hand’ he told him, and his hand became well again. (Luke 6: 6-10)
6 He healed a large crowd of people who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. ‘All the people tried to touch him, for power was going out from him and healing them all.’ (Luke 6: 17-19)
7 He healed a Roman officer’s servant who was very sick – the officer had so much faith, he asked Jesus not to bother to come to his house. Jesus was amazed at his faith. His servant was healed. (Luke 7: 1-10)
8 He raised a widow’s son from the dead in the town of Naim. Jesus was moved with great pity at the funeral procession because the dead man was the widow’s only son. Luke says: ‘When the Lord saw her, his heart was filled with pity for her and he said to her, Don’t cry.’ Jesus gave him back to his mother. (Luke 7: 11-16)
9 He healed many women of evil spirits and diseases including Mary Magdalene (Luke 8: 1-3)
10 He healed a man possessed by demons – a very dramatic episode where the demons were driven out of the man and into a herd of pigs (Luke : 26-39)
11 He healed Jairus’ daughter who was only 12 and dying – she was said to be dead in her bed but Jesus raised her up, saying ‘Get up, child!’ Then he ordered that she be given something to eat (Luke 8: 40-56)
12 He healed a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years – she was healed when she touched the edge of his cloak in a crowd. He called her his ‘daughter’, saying her faith had made her whole. (Luke 8: 43-48)
13 He healed a boy with an evil spirit – he had epilepsy and was foaming at the mouth – Luke says ‘Jesus healed the boy and gave him back to his father’ (Luke 9: 37-43)
14 He healed a crippled woman who was bent double – ‘Woman,’ he said, ‘you are free from your sickness.’ (Luke 13: 10-14)
15 He healed a sick man whose legs and arms were swollen and he was accused of healing on the Sabbath by his enemies (Luke 14: 1-6)
16 He healed 10 men suffering from a dreaded skin disease who called out loudly to Jesus asking for his mercy. All were healed but only one came back running to thank him – throwing himself at the feet of Jesus. (Luke 17: 11-19)
17 He healed the blind beggar of Jericho who called out: ‘Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!’ Luke says Jesus asked the man ‘what do you want me to do for you?’ The man said ‘Sir, I want to see again.’ And Jesus said: ‘Then see! Your faith has made you well.’ (Luke 18: 35-43)
27 July 2012
DAILY PRAYER OFFERING
Eternal God, behold me prostrate before your immense majesty, humbly adoring you. I offer you all my thoughts, words, and actions of this day. I offer them all to be thought, spoken, and done entirely for love of you, for your glory, to fulfill your divine will, to serve you, to praise you, and bless you. I wish and intend to do everything in union with the most pure intentions of Jesus and Mary. — St. Jean Leonardi
GIVE YOUR AGENDA TO GOD
“In many ways, you want to set your own agenda. You act as if you have to choose among many things, which all seem equally important. But you have not fully surrendered yourself to God’s guidance. You keep fighting with God over who is in control. Try to give your agenda to God. Keep saying ‘your will be done, not mine.’ Give every part of your heart and your time to God and let God tell you what to do, where to go, when and how to respond. God does not want you to destroy yourself. Exhaustion, burnout and depression are not signs that you are doing God’s will. God is gentle and loving. God desires to give you a deep sense of safety in God’s love. Once you have allowed yourself to experience that love fully, you will be better able to discern who you are being sent to in God’s name. It is not easy to give your agenda to God. But the more you do so, the more ‘clock time’ becomes ‘God’s time’ and God’s time is always the fullness of time.” – Henri Nouwen [1932-1996], The Inner Voice of Love.
There was a pew into which I sat with a red missal in my lap
It lay open in my hands to the readings
The holy Anthony at my side, I found myself in a subtle place
At first there were the usual entreaties to God in my chattering mind
Then there were only words from the source
These: Love, faith, hope, peace
My hands were a vessel into which they poured
And after a while I couldn’t feel them any more
I had only an awareness of self
I would have visited for a longer time
Had a tear not emerged from the inner recesses of my right eye
To explode down my cheek
It willed me to open that eye, to look for something to wipe it with
And only then did I realise how far I had gone into silence
Into that space which is short of me and the other –
And I noticed my book, still weightless
in the palms of my hands still open for more –
But the mass had ended.
© Millicent Danker
30 September 2012
“My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain
Where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
And the fact that I think
That I am following Your Will
Does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that
The desire to please You
Does in fact please You.
And I hope I have that desire
In all that I am doing…”.
(Thomas Merton, 1915-1968)
When Things Go Wrong
(Originally the prayer of Cardinal Newman, 1801-1890)
“I will trust God. Whatever, wherever I am,
I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve him;
In perplexity, my perplexity may serve him.
He does nothing in vain. He knows what he is about.
He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers.
He may make me desolate, make my spirits sink,
Hide my future from me, still he knows what he is about.”