Saturday, July 5, 2008

Giving God the Control

A reflection on the Gospel for Thursday, July 2, 2008 (Mt 8:28-34) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.

With today's Gospel, I was thinking how often people will choose the not so good because it's familiar. They won't break out because it goes maybe on unfamiliar territory and they won't be in control. We as Benedictines need to have "holy flexibility". Because we have the wonderful vow of conversion, we need to give the example of letting go and letting God handle life. And once we learn it, we need to be faithful to it. It takes away a lot of stress. It's very stressful if you want to be in control and can't. That's when everything becomes a war. But once you let go, life becomes a lot more peaceful. I think that's how peace begins-- when we don't need to be in control every single moment. Yes, at times we have to be in charge of things, but not total control. Those are two different things. We need to have holy flexibility to be at peace with what God wills.

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