There’s memory. And then there’s reminiscence. What’s the difference? One is vitally important in assessing and discerning your faith journey. The other, well, not so much. Which is which and how do you make good use of it?
Above all, memory work can – and should – mean gratitude and a deepening of your relationship with the heavenly Father, who always knows what is best for you.
I’m not facing the life-threatening obstacles that Gehrig faced, but I am facing some obstacles of my own. And I’ve been asking myself if I could honestly say, I’m the luckiest (wo)man on the face of the earth.
I don’t think I could at first, but I’m getting there, and for the same reasons that Gehrig got there.
I do better and worse at living the Beatitudes, depending on what’s going on in my life at the moment, Sometimes I have a difficult time being merciful, especially in the face of injustice. I’m not always the best peacemaker, particularly when there’s drama involved, I’m fatigued, and I just want to wash my hands of the whole mess. I’m not so sure I ever like to be persecuted.
Right now, it’s this one I most struggle with.
What would have happened if Monica, like most modern-day parents, had washed her hands of Augustine when he turned 18?