The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
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2nd Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Mon, 01/15/2018
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

You can buy a poster that says “The definition of insanity
is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”
And on the poster, next to this expression, you will find a picture of Albert Einstein.
It seems, however, that there is no substantial proof Einstein ever said this.
As far as popular usage, this statement made its way to the American public
through the athletic trainer of the Minnesota Vikings,  Fred Zamberletti,
who in 1991 said this and it was picked up by the press.
 
Regardless of its origins, the expression captures a truth relevant to the spiritual life.
As followers of Jesus, as his disciples, we want to experience spiritual growth,
the development of our understanding and wisdom,
the ongoing maturity of our faith, an increase of love,
but we get frustrated because from our perspective nothing seems to change.
No matter how hard we pray about it, our patience runs out,
our temper becomes explosive rather quickly,
our courage, our resolve, our desire and passion to stay the course, fades all too quickly,
just like is always has.
When such frustration is brought to me, in confession or in spiritual conversation,
I ask “have you done anything different as far as your life in Christ?”
“Well yes, I have been praying harder.”
“And what does that mean?” I ask.
“I pray an extra decade of the rosary every day.  I say a prayer now when I’m driving to work.
I remember in my intentions the poor, or the pro-life crusade, or peace in the world.”
“This is all good and well but are you ‘doing’ anything differently?
Are you reaching out to others in any new way?
Are you changing your routine in any new way?
Have you attempted to increase your understanding by reading something you’ve never read before?
Have you taken a step in a new direction?
Have you practiced a new skill?
Have you increased your vocabulary in any way?”
[Do you know what “stotting” is? 
It’s what young gazelles do when they are being stalked by a leopard.
They jump up and down in place, as high as they can, instead of immediately running away.
It’s like the young gazelles are saying to the leopard “I’m healthy.
If you chase after me, you’ll never catch me.”  And it works.]
Anyway, if all we do is the same thing over and over again,
there will be no spiritual change in our lives.
 
I designate today as a day of doing something new.
There is something new Jesus wants us to do.  Don’t continue to put life in old wine skins.
There’s a new way to surrender ourselves to God in humility.
There’s a new mission, a new way to sacrifice, a new way to help, a new way to respond,
a new freedom to embrace and live, a new outlook, a new goal, a new religious practice,
a new approach, a new way of loving, a new way of being present to others,
a new way to imagine, a new way to be conscious, a new way to be aware
a new way to be obedient, a new way to serve….you get the picture.
Today, add something new to your spiritual life.
 
Our prayer:  “O Lord, You are older than creation and You are as new as the passing of every second.  You are our foundation and You are our future.  Help us to realize and to celebrate that “right now” is a unique time.  It has never happened before and will never happen again.  Re-create us every moment of every day.  Amen!”