The Founder’s Pen
~by Susi Pittman
December 15, 2014: Invisible, Incredible and Impossible
Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!
These two sentences really started me thinking about how true this is especially during Advent and Christmas.
This time of the Church year, we are asked to slow our lives down and render ourselves to moments of nothingness where the still small voice of God can be heard in our hearts. In that nothingness, we are asked to prepare for the arrival of the Messiah. In this way, we will become spiritually aware that God is up to something!
It was in the true bleakness of a cold night, with no roof or room available to them, that Mary and Joseph were led by God to a dark little grotto on a hillside. It was a most “nothing” space reserved only for the “lesser brethren” of creation—the animals, that God would bring forth the most SOMETHING MOMENT IN ALL OF TIME…the Birth of Jesus. The arrival of the Son of God! Emmanuel was made flesh and dwelt among us bringing with Him redemption of all creation and of man.
It is at Advent, in my waiting for the arrival of the Messiah that my faith is strengthened in personal meditation. I have read what the prophets have said, that the Messiah was coming and the signs in the heavens are heralding His impending arrival…creation responding to its Creator. I meditate in quiet prayer, having faith that what I cannot see is coming, believing that the incredible is about to happen! My heart fills at this time with the “joy” of knowing that a great miracle and promise will be fulfilled in rapid immediacy.
It is in our faith, our unwavering belief of what God has promised, that at Christmas Eve Mass we celebrate and receive once again the impossible…Jesus Christ—God in the Second Person, who from the moment of His earthly birth is united to mankind—The Word Incarnate. It is through The Word that God the Father orders all things, and all things are moved by Him. The Word comes down to earth, where He was always present, through the spotless womb of Mary, to conquer death and restore life.
In a last thought, I’d like to reflect upon the presence and power of sacramentals and Sacraments in the liturgical celebrations of the Church. They bring to us the invisible, incredible and impossible spiritual effects and graces of The Father. Creation plays a part in both, participating in the process of salvation. Bread and wine, water and light become the bearers of saving power and spiritual meaning. As stewards of creation, we cannot separate ourselves from creation. We are interconnected with creation and all creatures in a way unseen by us, but perfectly visible to God. If we do not recognize this importance, we stand to lose a powerful part of our intimate life with God on earth.
So please BELIEVE…that the invisible, the incredible and the impossible exists today and continues to exist for all of the world until Our Lord returns at the end of time in glory to transform all things through Him into eternity.
BELIEVE in the miracle of Christmas and all that the Father has promised!
Peace be with you.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.
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