Restoring Our Spiritual Sight

I must confess I created this blog with the hope of sharing my thoughts more often than I have, but frankly I write when I feel inspired. Most of the time I don’t believe I have anything good to say unless I am inspired. So, after sharing this with you let’s get started.  I once was told by a good friend of mine, as I walked into his house one night, that “there are no “should’s” in this house”. I guess his reasoning was that using the word “should” somehow forces another to think a certain way or do something they may not really want to do. It’s even worse when we say, ” You shouldn’t do that.” I heard this a lot growing up. “You should watch this show, you’ll really like it.”  Since we say “should” so often in our sentences it just becomes part of our vocabulary. Anyway, I’m going to use it again even though I shouldn’t.  This reflection is about the Scriptural passage from Luke 18:40-45. Each day we should ask God, even plead if necessary, to restore our sight. In Luke 18:42 the main point this passage of scripture is trying to teach us is that the sight we plead for is actually more of a “spiritual sight”. Our spiritual sight becomes impeded on a daily basis because of our fallen nature, our being human. I know we don’t always enjoy hearing we are all wounded in some way. We can however, take comfort in the fact that all of us are wounded in one way or another. Back to the reason I’m writing, which is saying a prayer for our spiritual sight to be restored.  I wanted to relate this to something we could all understand, so I came up with the idea that we are forever trying to keep our prize possessions clean and often on a daily basis. These items could be our car, or our guitar or even something more personal: our body. Dust and dirt get on these all the time and we are constantly trying to keep them clean. So why then is it so difficult for us to believe this can happen to our spirit as well. The scriptures are speaking about a physical healing taking place, but a deeper meaning is also emerging here and that is faith is being restored to this individual. “The man goes off praising God.” Our spiritual journey can take many turns during our life because we are searching. We are searching for inner peace and a calm that can only come from the One who created us. When our spiritual sight is cleansed we can see that our life is a beautiful gift. That each of us are a beautifully created being. This means there is true purpose to life. That each of us has a particular role to play. I like to relate life to a symphony and that each of us are a note in this symphony. When you take a note out of the symphony or if the note is in the wrong spot then the whole symphony gets messed up and the symphony ends up sounding awful. The symphony of the universe needs each of us. It is so important that each note gets played properly. So let us remember to ask Christ Jesus to restore our sight and the symphony God is writing can be heard throughout the universe. It is my hope that this little reflection helps you in some way and your spiritual sight is taken care of and is restored each day through the compassionate mercy and love of Christ Jesus our Lord. Have yourself a most blessed week.
Love and prayers,
Bro.Mark
Hermits of St. Giles

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The Hermits of St. Giles is a Contemplative Association for those who are permanently physically disabled and have become “home bound” to their local Church and are in need of continuous medical care. St. Giles, in the Catholic Church, is the patron Saint of the ill and disabled. The Association of the Hermits of St. Giles is set-up in such a way that those who are ill and physically disabled can live out their monastic spirituality from their own home. We assist the Church and the world through our life of prayer and freely offering up our sufferings that stem from our disabilities. For the Hermits, our hermitage is within our heart and the Cross of Christ is life for us and for our world.
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2 Responses to Restoring Our Spiritual Sight

  1. Michelle says:

    Hi Brother Mark! Yes! You really “hit the nail on the head” we are searching and searching for inner peace and only our Lord Jesus can fill this inner want and need! I really enjoyed reading your post!
    Thank you!
    God Bless You!
    Michelle

  2. ghman101 says:

    A good read indeed. I echo the above comments and your insight as to life’s spiritual journey. Recently came upon http://www.allianceoftwoheartsgeorgia.com/ and enjoyed my first praise & worship “all-nighter” (hi & lo Latin Mass, Adoration, Benediction, all four mysteries, etc.). It was beautiful and hope to go deeper, as it is the heart of our faith. Love reading about the ministry you are creating…reminded me of Charles de Foucauld book I read…keep up His good work! REALLY miss the Taize at OMSI (only wish we’d recorded them…rrr). Look forward to catching up Bro. Mark, blessings, gh

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