Monday, October 1, 2012

THE END TIMES

Safety first, of course, but just in case you find yourself driving north on Central Ave.and happen to hit a bunch of  red lights just south of downtown, try aiming your camera through the windshield at whatever.
Some happy accidents--no, not that kind!--can occur. 

I've heard a lot of talk lately about "end times."

What about Regard the lilies of the field? What about Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof? What about Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

The end times, and our own end, will come soon enough but Christ calls us always to to the sacrament of the present moment.

The antidote to fear of the end times, is community, relationship, conversation. Fear lies, fear isolates, fear makes us hallucinate imaginary enemies.

How about Beginning Times?

How about calling a friend and having lunch.



16 comments:

  1. I really like the emphasis you're making on community. It's helpful for a fellow introvert like myself to know that I should meet with people and keep being apart of things!

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  2. Amen Heather! My thoughts exactly about 'end times'. God bless you as you retreat and are, hopefully, restored.

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  3. Exactly. These may or may not be the "end times" for the world but (memento mori) we know not the day nor the hour, so it's best to be prepared for other reasons than an impending Rapture! To live neptically, as the Orthodox say (awake, alert, vigilant, sober, ready).

    As others wonder if the end of the world is near, I find myself exclaiming "Bliss it is in this dawn to be alive!" A cry of gratitude for my many friends and acquaintances who beautify the universe, and who enrich the world. And even if there are discouraging phenomena in politics or in the world or in the Church, I can rejoice -- that I know my friends, that I am living at the same hour as some incredibly noble souls!

    Yes, Beginning Times, indeed! I like that.

    Off topic, a bit, but I'm rereading Redeemed. The fifth chapter of that very fine book provides a salutary reminder that the divine Mystery is greater than our questions and our problems, even or especially than our answers and our "solutions"! The crucial four words in the chapter: "There's something even higher" -- than our pleasures, our pains, our wants, our fears, our dreams, our doubts, our hopes, our certainties.

    So, thank you!

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  4. So, what you're saying is that apple has one heck of a carbon footprint! (Just kidding.)
    Cheers,
    DLaviano

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  5. Dear Heather,
    that there is a lot of 'end times' fear in so many of the (esp unapproved) apparitions is one of the reasons I have so little interest in them (esp the unapproved). That and holy marketing of so much of same.

    I say, to myself, focus on the sacraments, on the vast riches of dogma and doctrine and proven lives of saints and be involved in your local parish and community. Jesus is coming back, that much we know so, in the meantime, as you say, "How about Beginning Times? How about calling a friend and having lunch."

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  6. Thank you, Heather. I'm finding so much "end times" stuff lately -- this is a refreshing antidote.

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  7. Heather,

    this is the truth. So much of what culture tells us to worry about is so much tilting at windmills. Aren't we best keeping our minds on where we are and what we're doing? The bad news about abstractions like the end times is we can't do anything about them. However that's also the good news about them.

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  8. Amen and Amen!

    Speaking of community, I'm flying to LA this weekend for a getaway with some girlfriends. Looking forward to sprawling bougainvillea, "sunny and 72," and some shabu shabu in Little Tokyo. I bought Redeemed and Poor Baby for the plane ride. (I also impulsively bought Sigrid Undset's Catherine of Siena after seeing it under "Customers who bought this item also bought..." because I am a sucker!)

    May your Bridegroom surprise you as you commune with him on your retreat. You're in my prayers. Peace be with you.

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  9. When I was a girl, I lived in abject terror of THE END OF THE WORLD. It wasn't helped by the fact that so much of what was on TV was about WWIII, and that no matter what I said, I couldn't convince my parents to get a fallout shelter. ;-) And then when I came back to the Church after being away for a couple of years, I was involved in a charismatic prayer group and there was a lot of end times stuff going around which didn't help much at all. However, one day it occurred to me that the end of the world comes for everybody and what did it matter if my end was THE END or only mine? I just had to be prepared by doing the sort of things you talk about in this post. So, it doesn't creep me out or worry me anymore.

    That said, I'm laughing because while I seldom think about end times, I just wrote a review of Lord of the World which is about just that. The Church talks about it, so I talk about, but only occasionally and not out of fear at all.

    I haven't noticed lots of people talking about it, but then I don't read much online--only a few blogs and what my children have to say on Facebook.

    AMDG,
    Janet

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  10. Love this Heather, especially the "beginning times"!!! I hear too much about the end times and it is so depressing. Thank you so much for shedding some much needed light! Must share!

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  11. I've been tuning out "naysayers" "end-timers" "glass half emoty" ever since I admitted i was ine if them. Helps to turn down the volume in one's own head.
    I pray for a profound spiritual restoration on your etreat this week, Heather. (I even hope yu're not reading this till your return) :)
    Blessings!

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  12. Lordie....look at those iPad typos!

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  13. Love the paragraph on authentic Christianity. It is an excellent description of who we are.

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  14. Helpful, helpful words this week, Heather. Prophetic? I made two lunch dates with some dear friends for Friday and Saturday- and this morning read your latest post.

    So far as the being fearful part- I think so many things get fed into that and so many parables of Jesus blast them away.

    Have a wonder-filled retreat!

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  15. Right on, Heather! I called it living life abundantly. I am called to live a life faithfully not successfully. How I do that is what is important. I am called to do my part, my mission in this world. It doesn't have to be something significant, only what the Lord asks me to do. So, am I living in the 'end times', yes I am. Every day I live, brings me closer to my 'beginning days' invitation to My Lord's banquet. Forget the lunch date.lol
    BTW, Heather, I read an article of you in "The Magnificent", "let the dead bury their dead". Hmm... coincidence...I don't think so.

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  16. Since Jesus ascended into Heaven, it's hard to stay here on earth. The Church endures her exile with a joyful heart, but she finds herself living from one Eucharistic day to the next and longing to see His face again.
    Maybe this is finally the end? We can only hope and pray. The Spirit and the Bride say, Come!

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