Shalom Place was founded as a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie. 

This ministry is about assisting those persons who are searching 

for more meaning and who yearn to grow in their life of faith and spirituality.

A Palm Sunday Meditation: Take Up My Cross?

Palm Sunday raises at least two important spiritual questions for Christians: What does it mean to be like Jesus? And what does it mean to take up our crosses, just like he did?

First, you don’t need to go looking for your cross. Life gives them to you. Whether it’s an illness or a tough family relationship or trouble in school or problems on the job. The real cross is the one that you don’t want. Because it’s hardly a cross if you want it. Just like it was for Jesus.

Second, we are asked by Jesus to accept our crosses. Now, what does that mean? Well, first it means accepting that suffering is a reality in your life, and being honest about it. Perhaps more importantly, it means not passing along the bitterness that you feel. That doesn’t mean that when you’re with friends or family members or counselors, you can’t talk about it or complain about it or even cry about it. That’s both healthy and natural. But it does mean that if you’re angry about your boss or about school or about your family, you don’t pass along that anger or bitterness or meanness to others. If you have a lousy boss, does that mean that you should be mean to your family? If you have a difficult family situation, does that mean that you should be angry with your coworkers? If you are having problems at school, does that mean that you should be cruel to your family? Your cross is your cross. It shouldn’t become someone else’s.

Third, wait for the resurrection. Because in every cross there will be some invitation to new life, to a new way of relating to God, and often in a way that may not be immediately apparent. In other words, where is the new life that God is holding out for you? And how will it come? Is it in forgiving someone in your family? Moving away from an unhealthy work environment? Letting go of something that prevented you from being more loving? Trusting in yourself a little more? Surrendering yourself to the future that God has in store for you?

God’s gift of resurrection is usually a complete surprise, just like it was for the Apostles. And just as the Apostles discovered on Easter Sunday, the resurrection does not come when you expect it. It sometimes takes a long time to come at all.

And when it does come, it’s often not what you would expect it to look like.

Most of all, it’s often hard to describe, because it’s personal — it’s your resurrection. When I was a Jesuit novice, I worked in a hospital for seriously ill people, and every Friday we had a little discussion group. One young woman, who had been in a wheelchair for many years told me something that completely surprised me. She said that she used to think of her chair as a cross — which would have been my reaction — but lately, she said, she thought of it as her resurrection. She said, “My wheelchair helps me get around. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to do anything. It brings me life.” Despite our crosses, or maybe because of them, these resurrections in our lives do come. You have Jesus’s word on that.

James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, culture editor of America and author of ‘The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and My Life with the Saints.’

Three Reasons It's Hard to Be Still (Pt. 3)


Vinita Hampton Wright

3. We have grown uncomfortable with any conditions that make us feel alone. We now have a wealth of electronic devices that help us stay in touch, share information, and communicate with lots of people in lots of places. These same devices make it possible for us never to have to spend a moment truly alone because we are just a Facebook post away from hundreds of friends. Even if no one responds to the text I just sent by smartphone, I still feel connected to the universe, simply because I have composed and posted something on the world’s bulletin board. Our devices have become our constant companions. Recently I read a lengthy article suggesting that our children are not learning how to be alone or how to be bored because they are constantly on electronic devices. It is not uncommon now to see children who do not know how to be alone or how to create entertainment from nothing but time and a little bit of space.

Adults, especially those of us past age 40, may not be quite so addicted to cyberspace, but some of us don’t know how to exist with our phones turned off—or with the television, radio, and computer turned off. I need sound in the room. I want company, even if it’s a TV rerun I’m barely listening to. I am used to some kind of chatter. Silence unnerves me. Silence signals that I am alone for the moment—and what must I face if the only company I have is myself?Before we can develop spiritual practices that require stillness and solitude, we must grapple with the various forms of resistance we have developed to fight the very stillness we need.

• What do you do to become still?

• When do you most need stillness and solitude?

• How do you deal with the ways you resist stillness?

From: www.ignatianspirituality.com

January 8, 2019

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