The O Can’t-phons! Are you praying them?
You’ve heard of the O Antiphons and are hopefully entering more deeply into the last breaths of Advent by reverently praying and living them. They are, in fact, my favorite part of Advent. Each one draws me deeper in what it means to anticipate a holy Savior and therefore, salvation in my life.
Maybe you’re not as clear on what you and I are needing saved from?
Ourselves, of course!
Yeah, that’s the scary part because everywhere we go, there we are. We act out our worst versions of ourselfs with regularity we’d never want to admit. We get totally cozy by the fire of our lush, low road living. We decline into our default mode which should just crawl back to the Confessional.
In this case, we are oft to be found praying the O Can’t-iphons! We fall ‘pray’ to these year round...
O it’s not important to be healthy externally.
O I know that fitness is for vanity, not virtue.
O I can’t afford the help I desperately need.
O someone would loose out if I got to sweat.
O I’m not naturally or historically athletic.
O my kids and spouse are totally in the way.
O I rather like my detrimental comfort zone.
Well, let’s see if these or even more personal excuses get you where you want to go. Actually, nevermind where you want to go....Where does God want you to go in 2019? What greatness has he envisioned for YOU?
Could He possibly want you to be healthier, happier and holier?
Does he want you to have the strength to decide to homeschool, change careers, accept a new pregnancy or adapt joyfully to an empty nest?
Be real! He knows that you see people you’re not serving. He knows you’re not speaking the full truth with your flesh. He knows you have more potential that you’re hiding from!
He needs you to start showing up! It’s not optional. It’s not to be put off. Your lack of essential stamina, strength and form is not justified!
St. Amma Sycletice nails it for all of us:
“Your body is the armor, your soul is the warrior, train both and you’ll be ready for anything.”
What would a ‘desert mother’ like her know about the flesh? Answer: everything!
So, at long last with the shadows lengthening on 2018 in your life:
Quit thinking that you can fully live truth with your soul and keeping ditching your body at the deli counter!
Quit thinking you can proceed with passivity from the great commission at the end of Mass and ditch your discipline for “donut Sunday!”
Quit thinking you can put up a proper spiritual fight when you loose still every punching match with pastries!
We are either tethered to discipline or vice. These are each pretty exclusive and don’t like to share the place you make for them in life.
And, If you’re aware that heading into 2019 means you won’t make changes for yourself yet again this year, call me.
With 10 years of helping women meet and exceed their own standards in body and soul daily, I can assure you’ll never be the same.
This could be the best present to yourself wrapped up in a 45 min. conversation that you WILL benefit from, guaranteed!