Jesus is Waiting to Kiss Me: Consecration Retreat Day 15

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Welcome to our 33 day Marian Consecration Retreat as we prayerfully anticipate the commencement of the Year of Mercy. Join us as we share the book 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC.

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Today’s Reflection:

It’s hard to talk about suffering. It’s not something mommies usually chat about at the playground, swigging our coffee and brushing off our yoga pants while our kids play. It’s one thing to swap stories about our kids’ annoying behaviors, or commiserate about cleaning up after them. It’s another thing entirely to open up about death, or divorce, or money problems, or mental illness.

Suffering can become isolating. I know I worry about burdening people. I don’t want to risk appearing weak by asking for help. I don’t want anyone’s pity. It’s a place I don’t want to linger. When I’m struggling, it’s hard sometimes even to take it to prayer, because then I have to acknowledge whatever is hurting. I have to name my pain, and ask for help, or for forgiveness, or both.

In today’s reading, Mother Teresa tells us, “Suffering, pain, sorrow, humiliation, feelings of loneliness, are nothing but the kiss of Jesus, a sign that you have come so close that He can kiss you.” Her own darkness brought her to the foot of Christ’s cross, and it was there that He embraced her. Slowly, I’m beginning to understand that my own suffering isn’t something I need to brush past. To be close enough to Christ for his kiss, for his embrace, means I have to be OK with the darkness, to not be so afraid of it. Jesus is waiting to kiss me, and remind me I’m not alone.

To Ponder:

What do I need to embrace today that is difficult, and how can I allow it to bring me closer to Christ’s cross?

Let Us Pray:

Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. May I be more willing to accept any suffering as a gift that brings me closer to Christ’s embrace.

Copyright 2015 Dawn Wright

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Dawn Wright is an enthusiastic convert, wife, homeschooler, catechist, writer, reader, knitter, and rising graduate theology student. She deeply loves her three children, two here on earth and one in heaven. Trusting prayer, the sacraments, and the love of her community, she blogs at www.giftedgrief.wordpress.com to reach friends, family and other bereaved parents with the hope her faith. You can also find her on Twitter @luvteach2, and on Instagram at catholic_nerd.

5 Comments

  1. One of the greatest lessons I have taken away so far in this 33 Day Marian Retreat – is that uniting myself with Jesus through Our Blessed Mother brings a light and sweetness to our crosses. I don’t mean sugar-coated sweetness but a beautiful grace that makes them bearable in some cases, endurable in others. It is this gentle kiss from Jesus that I can almost feel on the top of my head, as I have done to my children millions of times, as I am sending the off to school or tucking them into bed. That endearing kiss of affection that I cling to in times of suffering and trial. Thanks Dawn for today’s wonderful reflection!

    • Thank you Dawn for your insights, and thank you Allison for putting into words what I’ve been feeling but unable to put into coherent thoughts! Each of us have crossed to bear, and embracing the darkness of Christ’s suffering means embracing those crosses. It also means looking up and out of ourselves to meet the kiss of Jesus, rather than down and inward, relying on our own strength and willpower to muscle through our struggles.

  2. I am thankful for the timing of this consecration. A small hiccup in our household this week has me considering where I went wrong and what I need to give up to make things right again. After reading this and considering the words in the book, I am re-evaluating my need to give something up. I think the lesson is less about me more about Him. I get comfortable in my routine and I have taken care to keep priorities in order. However, I begin to go into autopilot and do what needs to be done and continue on. This small hiccup isn’t about me needing to re-evaluate my priorities and chip way at an over taxing routine. On the contrary! It is about relying on Him through it all. A gentle reminder.

  3. An appropriate reflection for me personally as I get ready for foot surgery tomorrow. It is not the actual surgery that I find difficult, but the fact that I will need others in a very big way during my recovery,aka, my suffering. I am trying to embrace it and have decided to offer it up for a very good friend in a difficult situation.

  4. Such a lovely retreat reflection today for a section of our book that I found to be breathtaking. I can’t wait to spend this week with Blessed Mother Teresa and all of our community here. Leaning in to be closer to that kiss!

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