St. Ignatius of Loyola learned to find fruit, that is, the effect or consequence of action. More important than our actions is the action of God in, with and for humans. One grows to find fruit and to offer it the more one savors one's own life and all creation. I hope my posts help you feel that finding fruit is a profitable way of living.
Homily of Fr. Paul Panaretos, S.J., 8-Day Directed Retreat Being Absorbed
Itiseasytofixonheaveninthissolemnity.Thecollectrecognizesbothearthandheaven:We[onearth]pray[tobe]attentivetothethingsabovesowemay[be]sharersof[Mary’s]glory.1Retreathelpsusbemoreawarewesharethatgloriouslifenow—althoughpartially. Perhaps our earthly‘now’blindsus,sotosay,fromthe‘notyet’ofGod’s reign—God’s desire for the world—awaiting us.Our triune God longsfor us to announce God’s desire byour actions and choices.
TobeattentivetothethingsabovefocusesonGod’sdesire Jesus announced by his actions and choices.Tobeatten-tivetothethingsabovequestionsus:dowecherishmorethevaluesoftheworldorGod’sloveandmercy?Doesmoney,position,controlorotherwaysoftheworldseduceus?Formostofusitisnotabouthavingnothing;itisabouthowlightlyorhowtightly we hold our possessions andourprestige.Maryhadlittle;shefeltinthemarrowofherbonesthatGod’sloveandmercywerethelifebloodof God’sdesirenotpersonalpossessionsorreputation.LettingourselvesgetabsorbedinMarymayhelpmorethandoctrine—or this homily.
Who is this into whom we let ourselves be absorbed? Maryisourmodel andmothernotbecauseshesharesthegloryofherson.Sheis:ourmotherbecauseJesusgavehertous;ourmodelforshevaluedGod’sloveforherandherpeopleaboveall. WhenweletourselvesbeabsorbedinMarywenoticeshewasavirgininaculturewhichvaluedmanychildrenoverfewandnochildren;hervirginityguaranteedherlittlefromherculture.
Takesometimebeforeyouretirethis evening:askJesus’SpirittofreeyourmindandhearttoimagineMaryvisitingyou.Howisshedressed?Noticehercomplexion;thetextureofherclothing.Ifshespeakstoyounoteyourresponsetoher—even if it is a feeling and not words.ClosewithaHailMary.ShewhofirstsharedinrisenJesus’joydesireswedeepenour hope in his joy so we may live it as ours now.