A Note from Fr. Derek

A Note from Fr. Derek

             Last weekend’s storm, during which the forecasted rain showed up as freezing rain, and the cold that followed, left us with plenty of concrete-like snow and ice from which to dig ourselves out. Truth to be told, we probably didn’t do as much digging as we did chipping. It seems to me that this is a wonderful metaphor for the patience God has with us, and the way our hearts and our attention for him can be at times. God never forces  himself into our hearts but chips away at them, inviting us to open them to him a little more at a time. This becomes easier the more we are aware of how close to us he draws. It can be very easy to go through the day without recognizing his presence or his movement in the ordinary day-in and day-out of our lives. When we take the time to recognize his graces – to “count our blessings,” as it were – the icy-ness of our hearts thaws a bit and they become more malleable to the call of the Lord to be more like him in all things. When this happens, we permit the words of the Collect, or opening prayer, of this Sunday’s Mass to take root in our lives: “Almighty, ever-living God, direct our actions according to your good pleasure, that in the name of your beloved Son we may abound in good works….”