This week I would like to introduce to you an amazing woman who spoke at a conference that I attended last weekend. Her name is Sr. Briege McKenna. Here is a little of her story (excerpt taken from http://www.sisterbriege.com): She was “born in Ireland and entered the Sisters of St. Clare at the age of fifteen. Following her final vows and after suffering for more than three years with rheumatoid arthritis, she was transferred to her community in Tampa, FL with the hope that Florida sunshine would relieve her suffering. At the age of twenty-four, she was miraculously and instantaneously healed during the celebration of the Eucharist and some time later received, in prayer, the gift of healing for which she has become so widely known. ”
What a beautiful example and reminder that “God doesn’t call the equipped, but rather He equips the called.” Often times we are asked to step forward in faith, with our hands and hearts open wide, ready to accept the grace He wishes to pour upon us! Although this image can be very meaningful when taken symbolically, it is equally if not more powerful, when we consider the effect of an outward sign on our spiritual and emotional self. It is similar to not just thinking, “Gee, I love my kid,” but also standing up, walking over, and hugging him/her. It puts into motion our emotion… it gives energy to our thoughts and power to our intentions. So if you often think or intend to be more open to the Holy Spirit and His promptings, I would challenge you to literally open yourself, relax your hands with palms up, and pray “Come Holy Spirit, fill me up!” What will happen next? Well, most likely nothing externally, but this exercise is all about connecting our bodies with our prayer, opening ourselves to MORE spiritually, and letting Him lead the way!!!
If you are thinking, “I will look and feel soooo silly,” just consider it practice for when He prompts you to reach out to a stranger, comfort the grieving, feed the poor…. you get the idea.