My Father's love is beyond measure; warm, comforting, unconditional, secure, boundless. I never wish to leave His consoling embrace. Yet, if I remain unmoving within His arms and that divine embrace, I must remain no more than a child. My Fathers wishes that I grow and mature, that I begin to fulfill the need for love in others, if I am to be a son and good steward of all He has entrusted to His child.
Thus, I go out into the sorrow-filled world to labor as I ought, remaining as near to Him in my heart as I may. As a son it is my call to labor for my Father's name's sake, for His glory, and His honor. I want my Father to be proud of this son. Someday I shall return to His loving embrace forever, putting behind me the pain and my own failings in His green fields.
Christ shows me the way, He is my example, though I am full of shame before Him for my short-falling, and full of hope before Him for His Grace. He left the eternal embrace of Divine intimacy in the Trinity. He lowered Himself to become--O wonder--like unto us. Thus He often prayed to His Partners in Divine Love, parting company with His disciples to pray such sacred prayers alone. But in the end He returned to that Divine fullness of Trinity, having never abandoned those whom He created to love.
Take me by the Hand, O my God, and lead me.
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Private notes of a priest, September 2001