Thank God for Little Resurrections!

Before I was humiliated I was like a stone that lies in deep mud, and he who is mighty came and in his compassion raised me up and exalted me very high and placed me on the top of the wall. St. Patrick

In today’s language and grammar, this statement could be confusing. I would like to put a comma after the preposition at the beginning! But I know that in other languages, the meaning is a bit different.

I imagine the stone walls or buildings of old. Could this be a stone wall around the sheep’s field? Or the high fortress wall of a great city?

This analogy for our little resurrection is literally uplifting! Today, I may be stuck in the chaos and cares I face. Today, I may be stuck in bad habits that I don’t even see anymore!

The image of feeling lighter and dropping all the useless baggage I carry has been a theme for me this year. I’m letting go.

If the person I want to be is free, I want to let go of the things holding me back. Sometimes, that can be material possessions like clothing or shoes I don’t wear or even need anymore. It could be spending less time with negative people and more time with people that bring me joy. All of this reflection needs to be done with God’s glasses on and prayer. God knows when to help me let go. I need to be ready. I need to know what to let go of!

Spring always meant cleaning when I was growing up. Archbishop Fulton Sheen talked about where Jesus was in your house on one of his shows. I can’t figure out which one. I don’t remember if he talked about Spring Cleaning, but I have had this image for years of sweeping and clearing the cobwebs of my soul during Lent. Do you know where this idea came from? I would love to give credit to the person or Saint who said it!

It’s almost the end of Lent. As I purge things from my closet and my house, I am trying to purge the bad habits and negativity I have, so I can be truly free. Thank God for the Resurrection of Jesus!

So as you clean your house for your Easter celebrations, remember to clean house in your soul! Go to Reconciliation! Start over! Pray that the Lord will ‘unstick’ you, too!


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