Monthly Reflections

Read this month's Counselor's Corner by Fred Cavaiani

March 1
“Remember your mercies, Lord.” “Return to me with your whole heart; for I am gracious and merciful.” God wants us to return to him with a humble and loving heart. The criterion that we are returning to God is based on our willingness to show compassion toward others and forgive others. If we are not willing to do this, we block our self from the loving presence of God because God is Love.
March 2
“Your words, O Lord are spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life.” When we meditate daily on the word of God, we become fully alive. Our spirituality deepens. Read Scripture daily, very slowly and reflectively. Read the Psalms and the Four Gospels very, very slowly. Don’t rush to finish. Go slow to experience God speaking to you. You will be surprised what happens. You will come alive.
March 3
“Harden not your hearts.” Our hearts and minds become soft and open through prayer and meditation. Whatever demons of selfishness and attachments are inside of us, we begin to let go of them these “demons” when we spend quiet time with God. Today we remember Katherine Drexel the second native-born American to be declared a Saint. She became soft and open and gave so much of her inheritance to help the poor and downtrodden, especially African Americans and Native Americans. What a powerful example she has been for all of us. Keep your hearts open to being generous and kind.
March 4
“I am the Lord your God, heart my voice.” The voice of God today tells us that we need to love God with our whole heart, mind and soul and our neighbor as our self. All progress in the spiritual life is based on this. God’s voice will always be telling us to listen quietly to God and always to love others. Quietly listening to God and compassionately loving all is the sure way to peace and happiness.
March 5
Humility is to realize that we need God and of ourselves we can do nothing and that we need to depend on God for everything. Today we remember John Joseph of the Cross; a humble Franciscan priest who remained humble and never thought he had it all together but realized he was always on the journey. Because of this humble approach to God and to live he inspired so many people to deepen their union with God. Do the same.
March 6
4th Sunday of Lent: The story of the Prodigal Son concretely portrays the amazing Love of God for each of us. The Father never gives up waiting and looking for his wayward son. When his son humbly returns, the Father embraces him with Love and a wonderful celebration. When we can admit our mistakes and sins God is always rejoicing and dancing because we are allowing Him to embrace us and lift us up into joy and happiness and the peace of God. Don’t block God by keeping your ego big and righteous. Let God in by your honesty, humility, and integrity. You are so deeply loved by God forever. Let it happen.
March 7
Jesus heals the son of a Roman Royal Official. The Love of God is not limited by anyone. Anyone who seeks God with an open heart will discover and experience God. You are God’s treasure. God always wants goodness for you. Ask for what you need, internal freedom and total surrender to God. And you will receive the peace and joy of God in the daily moments of your life. “Be still and know that I am God.” “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”
March 8
The Pharisees criticize a man who has just been healed from being paralyzed for 38 years. He is caught violating a rule because he is carrying his mat on the Sabbath. The Pharisees put the law before love and common sense. Love rejoices over good things. Every rule must be based on love and lead to love or flow from love. When this is not happening then, it will lead to rigidity, complexity, and confusion. Be simple and love and you will know what the right thing to do is. God is always simple and loving and uncomplicated. Enjoy the Presence of God in your life.
March 9
When we seek God’s Will in life; everything will fall into place. “I am the Resurrection and the Life,” says the Lord. Whoever believes in me will never die.” We come fully alive when we believe and place our trust in Christ. We pass from “death to life” when we make God’s Will and Love the center of our lives. As Jesus only seeks the will of the one who sent Him, so should we. We then understand the meaning of the words, “I have come that you may have life and have life more abundantly.” We experience an internal abundant life, when we listen to God speaking in our hearts. Attentively listen and come fully alive.
March 10
“Remember us O Lord, as you favor your people.” Remember you are one of those favored by God. All he wants is your simple, uncomplicated heart. Your heart remains simple and uncomplicated when you spend time in prayer and time in showing compassion to others. Prayer and compassionate empathy toward all are the surest way of allowing the Wisdom and Love of God to permeate our whole heart, mind, and soul.
March 11
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.” Whenever we embrace our pain instead of running from it, we allow ourselves to experience God in a deeper manner. The Cracks in our Armor are so opened up that God can enter deeply into our soul and psyche and bring us his healing compassion and wisdom. The strength of God can enter us and lift us up because we are letting go of our attachments and addictions.
March 12
“No one has ever spoken like this man” is the answer the guards gave to the Scribes and Pharisees when they had sent the guard out to arrest Jesus. It was their reason that they didn’t arrest him. His power of Love and compassion was like a protective wall against the power of rigidity and hypocrisy and legalism. Let Love always be your guide throughout life and you will powerfully impact the world.
March 13
5th Sunday of Lent: “I consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord.” St. Paul tells us that supreme joy comes in experiencing and knowing Christ. Today Jesus forgives a woman caught in adultery and brings the joy of God into her life. Whenever we turn toward God, peace and joy will be the result. Let your turning toward God be strong and humble. You will discover the true Joy in living and everything in life will become meaningful and beam back to God.
March 14
“Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.” Wherever we are God is with us to help us and guide us. Remember that there are so many statements in Scripture about how God loves us, God is always with us and God always wants to help us. We become so distracted and forget this. Remember, God is always with you and always loving you.
March 15
Today we remember the healing power of God in the Old Testament when God’s people have strayed from God and were being bitten by serpents. Moses was told by God to make a bronze serpent, and anyone who looked at it was healed from the poison bites of the serpents. Christ is for us the healing Power that gives us the strength to overcome and heal whatever emotional or spiritual poison we may have caused ourselves. But we have to look and believe at the Cross of Christ. He is there to heal us and help us.
March 16
“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” In the readings today, we hear about three young men in the Old Testament being thrown into a fire and being saved by God because of their faith. When we embrace the truth of God’s Love for us, nothing will overwhelm us. Whatever fires of emotional pain, physical pain or life’s struggles happen to us, we will have the safety of inner peace because God’s Love and truth is always within us embracing us strongly.
March 17
Today we remember St. Patrick the famous Saint who brought the Love of God to Ireland. He was humble, compassionate and prayerful. His presence has left a permanent positive effect on Ireland. “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” This Lenten season is a time to listen to the Loving Voice of God which is always calling us to come closer. Then we start becoming like St. Patrick, humble, compassionate and prayerful and experience the Joy of God within our heart and mind. We then have a permanent, positive effect on people.
March 18
“Your words, Lord, are Spirit and Life; you have the words of everlasting life.” Christ is always coming to us to bring us more life and more peace. We need to listen to His Words which keep coming to us in prayer, sacrament, Mass, other people and in everything and everyone we see and experience throughout the day. “But the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion.” At every moment of the day, the Lord is with you nurturing you, healing you and pouring His Wisdom into you.
March 19
Today we remember Joseph, the husband of Mary. Joseph was a humble, pure, loving, gentle and wise man who was the human and emotional father of Jesus. His purpose in life was to love and serve and remain in the background. This quiet, gentle and loving man is the Patron of our Province. Humility and gentle compassion create an atmosphere of loving and creative energy toward all who come close. Be this way and bring God’s Love to everyone.
March 20
Palm Sunday the beginning of Holy Week. We begin the holiest week of the year. Today we start paying attention to the roadmap Jesus left us: embrace the cross, surrender, accept the will of God and you will rise to a new, joyful and glorious life. Spend this week in much prayerful reflection about the meaning of your life. When you follow the roadmap of Christ, everything in life begins to make sense, and the tension of resisting God begins to fall away.
March 21
Today, Mary, the sister of Martha, washes the feet of Jesus to show him love and respect. Judas Iscariot sees this as a waste of money. Humility and compassion will free us from our attachments to things and possessions. It allows God to enter deeply into our soul and psyches to give us good direction in life and bring us into a refreshing and profound union with the Source of Everything and Everyone: our Loving God.
March 22
Jesus realizes that one of his chosen ones will betray Him. He grieves over this but continues to love. In the biggest pain and rejection, we might feel, God is always there loving us and drawing us closer to Him. He never gives up even when we wander away from him. Turn toward God this day and walk toward him with an open heart, mind, and soul. He will heal you and lift you up into a closer relationship with Him. Immerse yourself in God during this Holy Week.
March 23
“Hail to you, our King; you alone are compassionate with our errors.” So many times in life we wander from God and pay close attention to superficial things and superficial people. We look for the quick fix and along the way, we simply walk past God and go our way. Look for the ways you can walk toward God and experience His Peace, His Wisdom, and His Love.
March 24
Holy Thursday: “I give you a new commandment, says the Lord: Love one another as I have loved you.” These are the words Jesus leaves us as he spends his last meal with his disciples. Spirituality and Religion must be all about love, or it will lead us to wrong places of violence and resentments. Jesus is always all about Love of God and Love of our fellow travelers on this earth. Never forget this. We do not love when we are angry, resentful, judgmental and critical of others. God is love. Love is of God. So be always full of love. Then you will be full of God.
March 25
Good Friday: We call this Good Friday because we remember today that Jesus totally embraced the Cross and Crucifixion to show us how to live and to give us the strength to follow Him in embracing the Cross in each moment of life. This embrace of Cross will always lead to Resurrection. Jesus embraced the Cross not to appease God because God was never angry at us. He did this to show us how to open up to God’s Love. Salvation is God giving us the strength and power to surrender totally to God as Jesus did. This brings Resurrection and a profound, mystical union with God. It happens in each moment of life. It is why it is Good Friday.
March 26
Holy Saturday: the quiet, reflective day before Easter Sunday. “Let there be light, and there was light.” On this day, we start getting ready for the Easter celebration of this evening or tomorrow morning. Be reflective throughout this day and realize how much God loves you and how God is consistently and continually bringing you into a Resurrection of new and joyful life with the Glorious Love, Power, Beauty and Wisdom of God. Heaven does begin now in our embrace of each moment of life. The roadmap of Christ’s Life teaches us this fundamental principle: Cross and Resurrection both need to be embraced in each moment of life.
March 27
Easter Sunday: Christ is risen, alleluia. He rises and has taken us with Him in this glorious journey. Treasure the Love of God in your life. Be grateful for your life. Give everyone close to you a big hug today. God is always loving you and is lifting you up into a Resurrection of Peace and Joy. Let it happen. Be grateful. Know that God is always with you. Let your life be filled with MALT (Meditation, Awareness of God, Love, and Thanksgiving.) Each day is a day of Resurrection. Embrace the Cross and rise to a new life.
March 28
“You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence, the delights of your right hand forever.” On this Easter Monday know and realize that God loves you so very much. You are precious and deeply loved by God. Make others feel precious and deeply loved by your warmth and kind, affirming words.
March 29
“The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” It is the Easter Season. Spring is here. God is present in every leaf, every grain of sand, and every snowflake. He is present in everything and everyone. See the goodness of God everywhere. “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us be glad and rejoice.” God’s Presence is all around us. Even in our pain and struggles we are surrounded and enfolded by the Presence and the Love of God.
March 30
“Rejoice O, Hearts that seek the Lord.” “And he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.” We know we are seeking God correctly when we listen to God in prayer and open our hearts to him by our kind and loving presence and actions toward other people.
March 31
“When they were still speak about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, Peace be with you.” Jesus is always coming to us throughout the day and bringing us His Peace. He is always in our midst. We can often become so distracted from receiving this peaceful and loving Presence of God. Turn toward the Peace and Love of God throughout this day by walking through this day slowly and reflectively. God is always coming toward you in love and peace.