Burnout is a physical, mental or spiritual collapse due to exhaustion or wear out. A person going through the experience of burnout loses so much energy without having a source of replacement. In a burnout, the amount of fuel one burns do not corresponds with the amount of fuel one has inside. A lamp burns brightly when it has enough oil to lubricate its wick. However, it flickers and quickly burns out when the oil runs out.
Quite a number of Christians experience burnouts in their spiritual lives because they have not developed the capacity to wait on the Lord for a very long time. For a moment, they fast and pray, seeking the face of the Lord for a particular intention. If it happens that the Lord ‘delays’, according to their human timing, they burn out because they do not have any more oil for waiting.
The 'five foolish virgins', in our Gospel text in Matthew 25:1-13, did not anticipate a prolonged time of waiting. They had oil to wait for some time but not enough oil to wait for a very long time. So when the worst happened and the bridegroom delayed, they found out they had run out of oil.
To have oil for waiting is to come to the understanding we do not set time for the Lord to act; he acts in his own divine time and ‘in his time, he makes all things beautiful.’ To have oil for waiting is to be ready anytime and anywhere for the visitation of the Lord.
When you really want something, you do not mind how much time it takes to wait for it. If we truly love the Lord, we will wait for him. Let us psych our minds, fortify our spirits and continue waiting upon the Lord in intense prayer. Our time of divine visitation is just around the corner.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, I do not mind waiting. I will keep waiting upon you until your glory shines forth in my life. Amen
Andrews Obeng, SVD
Each one of my Carmelite Sisters, including myself, is required to make an eight-day silent retreat yearly. When we first entered Carmel, silence was difficult for us. It was new. Many of us spend our first eight-day retreat simply meditating with growing astonishment that anyone could even keep quiet for eight full days
Many more times, our prayers are based (informed)by) on what we think we are yet to achieve, receive or secured from, while we forget those we have achieved, received or have been saved from.
The first step to forgiveness is seeing your coworkers from God’s perspective. Take your eyes off the offender and look up to the Savior. Jesus sees each of us as eternally significant beings with brilliant potential. God’s vantage point teaches that we have all sinned and that we are all helpless without the blood of Christ.
In particular, we saw how utilitarianism weakens our relationships by getting us to value people primarily in terms of some pleasure or benefit we receive from our relationships with them.
Rooted deeply in each of us is uncertainty. Human beings are creatures of habit. We want to find the TV remote where we left it (where it has always been), to be guaranteed the salary comes in next month (as it always does). We want to be sure we don’t die (from eating that new soup).
St. Francis of Assisi »
Feast Day: October 4
Patron Saint Of: Animals & Merchants
Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181.
In 1182, Pietro Bernardone returned from a trip to France to find out his wife had given birth to a son. Far from being excited or apologetic because he'd been gone, Pietro was furious because she'd had his new son baptized Giovanni after John the Baptist.
Time to Test Your Faith — Bishop Barron»
Friends, today’s Gospel concludes John’s reflection on the Eucharist. At the end of this remarkable chapter, we are faced with a question that defines the Christian faith: Will you follow Christ? May we always answer as Peter does.
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Explore the conversion story of one of the most significant figures in church history and learn about his struggle to find answers amid a sea of competing voices. Travel with host Mike Aquilina to fourth-century Rome and Milan to discover why St. Augustine has become a “Voice for All Generations.”