THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER
Sister Rosemarie Goins, cssf Director
St. Augustine High School, Laredo, TX,
Possessions seem to possess each one who accumulates them. The more one has, the more one wants. The key may be the difference between need and want. Everyone has the right to what is needed – food, water, clothing, housing, etc. However, it is “wants” that bring trouble. Jesus speaks of the difficulty with riches – “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:25) These riches are all those extras that could be shared with those whose needs are not met. That is why Jesus told the young man who wanted to “inherit eternal life,” that only one thing was lacking in his life – “Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” (Mark 10:21) An examination of conscience would be a good practice around this issue.
The comparison of the camel and the eye of the needle that Jesus uses seems rather strange to us. However, in the wall that surrounded Jerusalem in Jesus’ day, a small door admitted a person at night, when the large gate was closed. This was the “eye” through which a camel could not enter.
St. Teresa of Jesus, a Carmelite nun, born in Avila, Spain, reformed the Carmelites in the 16thcentury. She required absolute poverty and deep prayer. She and St. Catherine of Siena were the first women declared Doctors of the Church in 1970 by Pope Paul VI. Teresa is known as the Doctor of Prayer because of her Christian mysticism and meditation.
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French Visitation nun of the 17th century, is best known for her visions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The devotions that grew out of these visions are the First Friday Devotion, the Eucharistic Holy Hour and the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
As Hebrews 4:12 says, “…the word of God is living and effective.” Scripture provides many challenges to our way of life, but God is with us. “All things are possible for God.” (Mark 10:27)
Sister Rosemarie Goins