"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Ordinary time, ordinary life, ordinary sanctity ...

"There are some people whom God takes and sets apart.

There are others he leaves among the crowds, people he does not 'withdraw from the world.'

These are the people who have an ordinary job,
an ordinary household,
or an ordinary celibacy.
People with ordinary sicknesses,
and ordinary times of grieving.

People with an ordinary house,
and ordinary clothes.

These are the people of ordinary life.
The people we might meet on any street.

We the ordinary people of the streets,
believe with all of our might that this street, this world, 
where God has placed us,
is our place of holiness.
We do not need to find silence - we already have it ...
In the street crushed by the crowd ...
In those crowds ... 
we recollect ourselves ... with great ease." - Madeleine Delbrêl

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Stay a long time after Communion - recollected amidst the din - and you will learn to abide constantly in the presence of God.  It's an ordinary grace given to ordinary people of the streets.  If you are faithful to this grace, many things which bothered you before will no longer matter.  You will follow the meek and humble Christ, who 'walked in peace through the midst of them.'  When you fail, you'll quickly recover your peace - because He is with you.  Your conscience will become more and more sensitive and after every fall you will quickly return to that interior silence, repentant and more humbled.


  1. Wise words for me this day. Thanks for sharing them with us, Terry.

  2. It's the most wonderful time of the year.

  3. I needed that today. Thanks.

  4. Pass the Kleenex, please.


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