For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— or the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Technological innovation has brought nearly the entirety of human knowledge to our fingertips. What an irony and a pity that society now often struggles to discern truth from falsehood. Smartphones enable us to recall any piece of trivial information we can imagine. To learn of any new event almost instantaneously. To know what our friends (and rivals) are doing at any moment. In such a hyper-connected environment, we feel the urge to move at a similar hyper-speed, rarely pausing to reflect on our actions or consider our motivations. This brashness can lead to poor decision-making and misunderstandings.
Slowing down for a moment can help refocus one’s mindset, clarify the ambiguities, and illuminate one’s path forward. One of my Lenten goals this season has been to begin each day by contemplating a short passage from Scripture and ending each day by reflecting on that day’s events. Taking those few minutes each day has helped me weigh my actions against my ideals, better understand others around me, and bolster my resolve to improve the following day. What can you do with five minutes of quiet reflection?
– Kerry Read ‘07 is an alum of St. Louis U. High.
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following
your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem
to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
– Thomas Merton
Please share the Good Word with your friends!