Posted April 19, 2013 in MH Washington DC:
The Storm is Coming

by Cynthia Donnelly.

Not too long ago, one of our friends called, deeply troubled by the culture of death and the relentless undermining of our religious freedoms in the U.S.A.

As I listened, I was reminded of a meditation I made years ago while doing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

When you do the Spiritual Exercises, you are encouraged to put yourself into the gospel story you are meditating on. You are to see, hear, and smell what is happening. You are to listen to what Jesus says, because he might have something to say to you in that Gospel.

For one of my meditations, I was given Mk 4:35-41, the story of Jesus asleep in the boat as a storm approaches. In my meditation, I saw myself as a little helper to the apostles in their boat. One of my duties was look-out, and as I looked out over the horizon, I saw that a storm was coming.

I went to Peter and told him this, but he didn’t pay any attention to me. I went to the other apostles and told them, and they too ignored me. The more they ignored me, the more desperate I became to warn them of this approaching danger. I ended the meditation frustrated and fearful.

My director suggested I repeat this meditation until I came to a place of peace. Well, five meditations later, I was frantic, and the apostles were ready to throw me out of the boat!

Then I noticed that Jesus was sleeping in the boat. I went over and sat down next to him. By now, I had learned that it doesn’t help to tell someone that danger is coming, so I kept my mouth shut.

As I sat there, I looked over at Jesus. He opened his eyes and smiled. "I know the storm is coming, Cynthia," he said. Then my heart filled with peace.

This little meditation is an icon for me. What can I do as the looming darkness of secularization and relativism and the erosion of religious freedom bears down upon us and our country?

I need to remember that Jesus is with me. I can sit close to him and tell him my fears. He calms all storms.


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