All Saints Messenger - March 9, 2017

posted Mar 9, 2017, 12:24 PM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

This past Sunday through Tuesday the clergy of the diocese met for their annual Lenten Clergy Retreat. This was our first opportunity to be in retreat with our new bishop.

Bp. José practices Ignatian Spirituality which emanates from Ignatius of Loyola, a 16th C Spanish Priest and Theologian who founded the Jesuits. The Bishop brought in a good friend who also follows Ignatian Spirituality and I found it quite interesting and comforting.

Ignatius required no specific clothes, no rote prayers...his spirituality called upon his practitioners to live in the world seeing all of God's creation as their monastery. I find that reassuring and comforting.

As part of the retreat we were exposed to various poems and I would like to share my favorite. It is called "The Pulley" and it was written by George Herbert, who was a 17th C poet and Anglican priest.

The Pulley

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When God at first made man, 
Having a glass of blessings standing by, 
"Let us," said he, "pour on him all we can. 
Let the world's riches, which dispersèd lie, 
Contract into a span." 

So strength first made a way; 
Then beauty flowed, then wisdom, honour, pleasure. 
When almost all was out, God made a stay, 
Perceiving that, alone of all his treasure, 
Rest in the bottom lay. 

"For if I should," said he, 
"Bestow this jewel also on my creature, 
He would adore my gifts instead of me, 
And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature; 
So both should losers be. 

"Yet let him keep the rest, 
But keep them with repining restlessness; 
Let him be rich and weary, that at least, 
If goodness lead him not, yet weariness 
May toss him to my breast." 

I think what this poem means to me is that Herbert is reminding us that humanity is always restless and striving for more, and that we are naturally drawn to God and can only truly find rest in God.

This Lent may we remember that God calls each one of us very good and that we can only find true rest in God.

See ya Sunday,

Fr. Gary+