Finding the Hand of God
Finding God in our surroundings is getting harder and harder these days.
As I was growing up, God was always somewhere within eyeshot. As a Catholic child, going to an all girl school run by nuns gave me a real good understanding of what my teachers were saying to me, God is everywhere, God is always watching, and my lack of trauma and cataclysms ( I thought) gave me a sense of protection. That is how His omnipresence affected me. I did not like nor dislike Him been there, all the time, watching me always. I just knew He was there and it was ok with me.
Such apathetic attitude about God did not serve me well. As I grew up, that He was there or He was not there only helped me to forget to know that He was not there. Eventually if He was there or He was not there was the same to me.
Luckily my Catholic faith remained stuck in the back of my neck like the label on a t-shirt. Eventually what reminded me about God was, interestingly enough, was seeing Him again after so many years of been absent.
I was visiting Rome and I saw lots of priests and nuns in full habit walking all around. Now that gave me great pause. There He was!… once again He was all around. He was watching me once again!! It was truly deeply affecting to me to revisit that moment in my childhood, that passive feeling of been around God.
It affected me so much that I became keenly aware that He was NOT around everywhere, He was not anywhere. It forced me to grow up, to search for Him interiorly, in my heart, for His Presence, for His watching me, for His knowledge of me.
So I learned to look for Him with interior eyes.
Because I am Catholic, my view of the news is a little different.
For example, on 31 August 1997 Princes Diana died.The whole world was so shocked, so sad, so overwhelmed!
But at the climax of all those frenzied eulogies, the waling at her door step, something so momentous happened, that again! the whole world took pause…..
5 days later.
There!, right there I saw the Hand of God!!!.
The beloved Princes Diana, so admired, so loved, so missed for so much good she did, she could not hold a candle to the unequaled charity of Mother Teresa because Mother did not do anything because of who she represented, or for her titles, nor in spite of her paparazzi, but for the perfection of the merciful love of God living in her day to day. Mother did not get on the phone to discuss her profound loneliness with anyone , EVER! nor was she speeding to get away from anyone but she sped to someone in life and death need: to the poorest of the poor. God alone could do that. The perfect act of justice.
The Scales of Justice holding on each balance a life. He showed the whole world, perfect sinless charity, truly, and the facsimile of charity.
A few years later, Mar 31, 2005 Terry Schiavo died during a most publicly committed murder. Her passion and death was seen on TV globally. Millions wailed at the injustice of how she was been starved to death, with policemen flanking her bed, guarding so no one would sneak in a bit of water. She was denied her feeding tube; she was starved to death by civil law. And then, the clouds parted and the thunderous Hand of God became visible again….. On the 2 of April 2005 Pope John Paul II died, with a feeding tube inserted, kept alive by God’s law.
2 Days later.
So why am I writing about this??? Because we have Barack Obama and the Hand of God will present to us the solution, it’ll the there, right there where the Hand of God is that our eyes need to be. We need to pray harder than we have ever prayed before.
And there, right there would be the Hand of God
holding the scales of justice, 2 lives for us to judge.
He showed us how He weights a life.
Have we learned how to do it yet??