Here I am…
on the road again!
…to “take the next good step” (as Fr. Groeschel dearly liked to say),
in moving forward towards a much better place of health & holiness—to where I’ve been called to go,
still with the help of some very good friends.
[Thank God for friends in high places!]
And now that I’m getting back on Route again (after being held up in bit of a jam this summer!), I’ve become quite alert these days to the important connection between Route “66” [The Route 66 Challenge™ ] and that of Teleios [that’s Greek to me 🙂 …Greek, that is, for “perfect”]—to take the next good step in answering the call by Jesus to “be perfect” [Mt.5:48]—because we are not on a ‘road to nowhere‘! …But, Lord, this really sounds like the type of call I’d normally hang up on! …Thankfully, though, I’ve held on for it instead—because this call by Jesus isn’t being made to lead us to discouragement or to a state of hopelessness… Not being a call to greatness by way of scoring a “10” in a routine of no falls or mistakes, or no mercy. [Wisdom knows better!] Rather then, this call is for leading us to wholeness! …to be made complete, and fully suited to live out our potential, fulfill our particular purpose, with love.
Teleios. Ah, yes, Lord!
“Holiness consists simply in doing God’s will, and being just what God wants us to be.” –St. Therese of Lisieux
Meanwhile, although I was feeling rather stuck this summer—unable to get anywhere at all with my own goals, it was actually in this “standing still” that I was being brought further along in other ways, outside of my own agenda—surrendering & letting go… Letting God kindly lead me on… Now back on Route, ready to take the next good step… beginning with seeking God’s will first for it, and for the forming of this path by way of new habits, Route 66 style—to be all that we can be… Therefore, setting out making goals [for new & improved habits] for sake of both spiritual and physical health—for the whole of who we each uniquely are [body + mind + soul]…
“They deceive themselves who believe that union with God consists in ecstasies or raptures, and in the enjoyment of Him. For it consists in nothing except the surrender and subjection of our will – with our thoughts, words and actions – to the will of God.” –St. Teresa of Avila
So, in my desire for true union with God’s will then—for the whole of who I am—I must ask…
“How could I better care for myself, as a whole, to take the next good step, in answering my own personal calling? How could I better nourish & exercise this body—this mind—this soul—given to me for this journey?”
“What can I do today, and day-by-day, for taking this current step forward and to improve upon my way?”
Then, as we consider the answers to such questions (like these & others), we can make good use of “Route 66” too! —as it helps to foster our journey by way of breaking down our travels into much more manageable “day-trips” [by way of setting goals], and by focusing on the present moment over the course of 66-days at a time—forward—on this road to somewhere good!!
Good time right now, therefore, to begin again, especially since 66 days from now we shall be brought to a giving of gifts; arriving then upon the doorstep of Christmas Eve [yep, that also means we now have 66 days to do all our Christmas shopping! ;] …So why not bring ourselves there by way of forming a new pathway—a new habit of love—in the setting a healthy goal now for ourselves—for body, mind, or soul?? Yet, surely, we shall need some help in moving forward—in more ways than one, yes??…which is why we should also remember (within the specific plans we make) to ask our good friends for support, including support from our heavenly friends—the Saints! And I even found a real goodie for our current “Route 66 Challenge” trip, starting on October 19th—the eve of this particular saint’s former feast day, then ultimately bringing us to his present-day feast 66 days later, December 23rd (I love these little “coincidences”)… it’s Saint John of Kanty!
→Day 1 (starting date): October 19, 2014 (Mission Sunday) the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time; and, oh, look who’s feast day is within our very first week on Route this week, on Wednesday (10/22): Saint Pope John Paul II! [Oh, I love him—but that’s a whole other story of a different kind of journey.] How perfect then to include him within our prayers, as well, as we begin anew!
→Day 66 (target date): December 23, 2014 (Tuesday) Feast of Saint John of Kanty (also known as John Cantius)—well-worth getting to know while on Route! He was a priest and a theologian from Poland (hey, like John Paul II!); born 1390 on June 23rd; passing to eternal life on Christmas Eve, 1473 at the age of 83; who most surely strived to make the best of his path, despite the difficulties that came his way (including an unjust punishment as the result of jealous colleagues), but he gave it his all, through it all! [Story provided via his link above.] Plus St. John of Kanty liked to take pilgrimages, as well—one to Jerusalem and four on foot to Rome!
Great!—Now we can both start and end our current tour within The Route 66 Challenge™ with the help of two strong & wonderful Polish Saints!
So let’s go ahead—Let’s take the next good step on our Road to Life!
St. Pope John Paul II, pray for us! … St. John of Kanty, pray for us!
“In all the events of life, you must recognize the divine will. Adore and bless it, especially in the things which are the hardest for you.” –St. Padre Pio
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“Beware disturbing: it’s not sweetly pleasing; Beware speaking ill: for taking back words is burdensome.“ –St. John of Kanty