As to the past, let us entrust it to God’s mercy, the future to divine Providence. Our task is to live holy the present moment.
St. Gianna Molla
The ancient Celts had a way of describing places that seemed holy or mystical: thin spaces. These spaces were places where it seemed that heaven and earth were just a hair breadth from each other. For many years, people made pilgrimages to these places- cathedrals, monasteries, shrines, islands, and mountains- where it seemed so easy to imagine GOD living there or at least being present especially in that place.
A challenge for myself is being wholly present in the sacrament of the present moment that I see Christ in it no matter the circumstances. Over the last couple of months, I have found that I tend to spend more time regretting the past and planning the future without living in the sacred breathe of each and every moment, fully being open to Christ’s mercy and grace that is poured out in the good and bad (at least in those simplistic categories in how I perceive them).
As Paulo Coelho writes in Warriors of Light:
“God uses silence to teach us to use words responsibly. He uses tiredness so that we can understand the value of waking up. He uses illness to underline the blessing of good health. God uses fire to teach us about water. He uses earth to explain the value of air. He uses death to show us the importance of life.”
The present moment, even if filled with suffering and pain, is a way for God to speak to us His Grace. As CS Lewis famously wrote in The Problem of Pain, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains.” What Lewis is telling us is that Christ, having suffered terribly a death undeserved, is with us in our moments of suffering, pain, and depression. He is there and asks us like Thomas- to stick our hand in his wounds to feel Life Himself.
Right now, right here, as we breathe in a new breath that we have never experienced before, let us remember Christ is here with us, in this sacrament of grace found in the present.