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    Rediscover the Saints - Beast Lent Ever

    Walter: The Love of a Father

    Today's BEST LENT EVER content is drawn from chapter 2 of Matthew Kelly’s new book: Rediscover the Saints.

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    In our journey with God, there are many different seasons. There are some times in our lives when we're hungry to pray, we’re hungry to learn, we’re hungry to be with God. There are other times in our lives when we're not. There are times in our lives where certain types of spirituality engages us, and there are other times in our lives where those very same things that brought us great enthusiasm and great passion leave us dry and desolate. And so it's important to recognize the seasons in our spirituality.

    One of the great seasons in my spiritual journey was when my first child was born. When my first son was born, I had this overwhelming experience, realization. I had just this sense that—okay hold on a minute—here's this little guy; I love him so much; but I am weak and broken and flawed with a bunch of failings. And if I can love this child this much, considering all my brokenness and all my imperfection, well then, how much does God love us? And it was in this experience that the infinite love of God really knocked me over the head. And through two weeks maybe, I would go to my prayer time, and half the days, I would just cry. I would just be like, "Wow." And he gave me this grace—in this season of my spirituality, he gave me this grace of just being immersed in his love, which was very, very powerful.

    And so as we talk about resting in God, it's important that we understand this foundational truth, that God does love us. And to get to that truth, think about—who is the person or who are the people that you love more than anything else? And think about how great your love is for that person or those people. And then think about how weak and how broken and how flawed and how imperfect you are. And think about the idea that, if you can love this person or these people this much, how much greater is God's love for you? And then immerse yourself in that love.

    The question that I raise in the chapter about Walter in the book—about Walter, my son, and about St. Walter—is have you ever allowed yourself to rest in God's love? I think very often, we live in a culture that's obsessed with action, with activity. We've got to do something. And God is not calling us first to do anything. He's calling us first to be. He's calling us first to be with him, just to be with him. And then he's calling us to be who he created us to be. And then the doing of our life, the action of our life, is a natural explosion that comes from being with God and being and becoming who he created us to be.

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    En nuestro camino con Dios pasamos por diferentes tiempos. Hay tiempos de nuestra vida en los que tenemos hambre de orar, hambre de aprender, hambre de estar con Dios. Hay otros tiempos en que no tenemos hambre. Hay tiempos en la vida donde ciertos tipos de espiritualidad nos atraen, y hay otros tiempos donde aquellas mismas cosas que nos llenaban de gran entusiasmo y pasión nos dejan secos y desolados. Por eso es importante reconocer el tiempo en que se encuentra nuestra espiritualidad.

    Uno de los mejores tiempos de mi camino espiritual fue el nacimiento de mi primer hijo. Cuando nació mi primer hijo, lo vi, y tuve una realización abrumadora: «Yo amo mucho a este pequeño; pero soy débil, quebrantado y defectuoso. Pero si yo puedo amar tanto a este niño, a pesar de todas mis faltas e imperfecciones, entonces, ¿cuánto más nos ama Dios?». Quede boquiabierto al realizar lo que verdaderamente es el amor infinito de Dios. A esto le siguieron al menos dos semanas en las cuales no podía dejar de llorar durante el día y durante mi oración diaria. Durante ese tiempo de mi camino espiritual Dios me dio la gracia de estar inmerso en su amor, algo que es muy, muy poderoso.

    Y así, al hablar de descansar en Dios, es importante que comprendamos una verdad fundamental: Dios nos ama. Para llegar a esa verdad piensa en ¿quién o quiénes son las personas que amas más que cualquier otra cosa? Piensa en lo grande que es tu amor por esa persona o personas. Luego piensa en cuán débil, defectuoso e imperfecto eres. Seguidamente piensa en la idea de que, si tú puedes amar tanto a una persona o personas, ¿cuánto más grande es el amor de Dios por ti? Ahora sumérgete en ese amor.

    La pregunta que planteo en el capítulo sobre Walter, mi hijo, y sobre San Walter es ¿alguna vez te has permitido descansar en el amor de Dios? Creo que muy a menudo vivimos en una cultura obsesionada con la acción, con la actividad. Siempre tenemos que estar haciendo algo. Dios no nos está llamando a hacer, él nos llama primero a ser. Su primer llamado es a estar con él. Luego nos está llamando a ser lo que Él nos creó para ser. La construcción de nuestra vida, la acción de hacer nuestra vida, es el resultado natural que proviene de estar con Dios, de ser y de convertirnos en lo que él nos creó para ser.

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