The Holy Spirit will put the wind back into your sails if you ask him to. For, as St. Paul says, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words” (Romans 8:26).

-from Now What?

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Holding the Cup – from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey

We all must hold the cups of our lives.  As we grow older and become more fully aware of the many sorrows of life – personal failures, family conflicts, disappointments in work and social life, and the many pains surrounding us on the national and international scene – everything within and around us conspires to make us ignore, avoid, suppress, or simply deny these sorrows.  “Look at the sunny side of life and make the best of it,” we say to ourselves and hear others say to us.   But when we want to drink the cups of our lives, we need first to hold them, to fully acknowledge what we are living, trusting that by not avoiding but befriending our sorrows we will discover the true joy we are looking for right in the midst of our sorrows.

For further reflection …

“Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it.” – Mark 14:23 (NRSV)

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