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"The passions are the feelings, the emotions or the movement of the sensible appetite--natural components of human psychology--which incline a person to act or not act in view of what is perceived as good or evil. The principle passions are love and hatred, desire and fear, joy, sadness, and anger."
(Compendium CCC, 370. Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2006) The Compendioum's source on this topic is the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas.
I'm back from the Godly Girlfriends Retreat! I had an amazing time with amazing women. It occured to me that sometimes after a women's gathering a girl can feel a little lonely when she returns home.
I confess, I cried on and off during the drive home. My son and my dogs were with my soon-to-be ex-husband, so no one was waiting to hear all about my weekend. (Or hear me complain about the mess they'd made while I was gone.)
So I talked to God like I always do and before I knew it, I was at peace and asleep by 9:30 that night. Today I'm posting a blog from a few years ago. I think it's fitting for today!
We are not alone,
In John 6:12 Jesus instructs His disciples to gather up the fragments left over from the five barely loaves He'd multiplied to feed five thousand people. "Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost."
Today, Christ gathers the fragments of our hearts, makes us whole, and then uses our stories to feed those who hunger for encouragement--assurance that they are not alone.
No matter where you are in the healing process, chances are you have something to offer someone who's not as far along as you. It's also likely that if you're open to receiving help, God has placed someone in your life willing to come along side you as you continue to grow.
Who can you encourage today? How? Who can encourage you? Will you let them?
A word about seasons of isolation:
There have been times in my life when I've reached out for help, but it didn't come from human hands. Times when I believed I would go insane from loneliness AND being alone. I've learned that during those times God wanted my full attention.
If you better relate to this scenario, spend time talking to God each day. Really talking. Tell Him how you feel about this season in your life. And rest assured--it is only for a season.
Read stories that tell of God's servants during seasons of isolation. Notice how they responded to God. Look for the insight they gained. Ask God for wisdom and the know-how to apply it to your circumstances (the making of a story destined to strengthen you and encourage others).
Prayer: God, I entrust You with the fragments of my heart. I believe You will make me whole. Guide me today. Help me to recognize that my life has purpose. Provide opportunities for me to be a source of encouragement to others, and grant me the courage to be obedient to what You ask of me. If you want my fulll attention, let Your very presence teach me that I am not alone. I do not suffer in vain. In Jesus' name, amen.
Published on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 @ 8:54 AM CDT