Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Feast of Saint Nicholas of Flue
Good morning. Ah love! It seems to never be the same, it is constantly changing, it is never all that we desire. Like the song from the sixties by Bob Lind suggests, it is like an “elusive butterfly”, it is forever just beyond our complete grasp. To love and to be loved is more than a choice we make; it is an experience with another, forever changing and forever growing. It flows in concert with our own will and the will of our other. Much as Jesus speaks of His mission of love for us in today’s Gospel, we likewise in marriage do not live our lives for ourselves but in a communion of love with our spouse; as love grows there becomes an ever increasing desire for common thoughts and mutual experiences. It is this united will for something which we experience in marriage that gives our lives a new and unique perspective and gives us our life determined direction. Yet, sometimes life takes us in a direction we may not will it to, it sometimes offers a challenge to what we might will for our life and for our marriage; we see this demonstrated in the life of Saint Nicholas of Flue whose life we commemorate today. It is the occasional challenges and the normal uneasiness of life which tend to perpetuate the elusive nature of this experience we call marriage. It is these uncertainties which lead to the constant changing flow in the union of our wills with one another. As the song suggests it will not harm you, it is well worth the chase. Make a great day!
Today we recall the good life, gifts, and work of Saint Nicholas of Flue.
Posted by Donald Gatwood at 6:32 AM