He Is Risen And Has Given Me New Life!
by Jeff Young CatholicFoodie.com
Please note: What you are about to read has nothing to do with food. It is about faith. It is about Lent. It is about what the Lord has been doing in my life since the beginning of Lent 2010. After reading this post, if you would like to know more, please comment below. If there is enough interest, I will be happy to post the rest of the story.
Today is Saturday in the Octave of Easter. Just one week ago we were celebrating the sacred Triduum, entering into the mysteries of our salvation. I almost felt sad that we were at the end of Lent. Why? Because this Lent was particularly special for me, even miraculous.
It’s like God reached down into my heart, which had strayed far from Him, and said, “Enough!” He touched my heart, and I heard His voice in the depths of who I am. And what I heard took me by surprise. He said, “You are my son. I love you.”
Wow. I cannot begin to describe what this did to me. Instantly everything changed. Everything. I had a keen understanding of my sinfulness and the magnificence of His love. The way I have been describing it is like this: Jesus snatched me out of the kingdom of darkness and brought me into His own wonderful light.
Now, you must understand that I have been “walking with the Lord” since the age of 16, and I will turn 40 this year. It has not been a smooth journey. It started out sweet, as many journeys with Jesus do. He knows how fickle we are, so in the beginning he gives us the graces we need to bind ourselves close to him. Some have described this time as the honeymoon phase, and it does not last forever.
In my case, I bound myself to him as much as I was able at the age of 16. Though I thought that I was completely his, I later learned that our personalities and understanding of the world are not fully developed at 16. Or at 18. Or sometimes even at 30… or (God forbid!) at 40.
What am I getting at here?
Well, at that time, I had no idea how rocky the journey would be.
My first “real” encounter with Jesus – when I first knew that he was real – took place shortly after I turned 16. This encounter came by means of the Holy Spirit and Our Lady.
At that time I was dating a girl whose parents were very much involved with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. They deeply impressed me and I started going to the weekly prayer meetings with them. I experienced the “baptism in the Holy Spirit” on July 16, 1987. The following year – and on the very same day, July 16, 1988 – I made my total consecration to Mary, according to the method of St. Louis de Montfort.
These two events changed my life. Both played a major role in my entering the seminary… twice. Part II at CatholicFoodie.com…
CF66 – Holy Week and Praying with the Church
By Jeff Young – March 28th, 2010
Editor’s Note: Jeff and Char Young are great friends and supporters of Always Catholic Blog. As a way of thanking them for their support, we add CatholicFoodie.com to our Guest Blog. Terrific Posts and a new way of looking at “Where Food meets Faith”! Personal recipe fave: The Catholic Foodie on Holy Thursday & of course we love polenta too!
On the menu today… Holy Week, praying privately and liturgically, St. Augustine on prayer, Sarah Reinhard on Holy Thursday, feedback, and our family Holy Thursday celebration.
Here are links to things I referred to in the show:
- St. Augustine Answers 101 Questions on Prayer
- just another day of Catholic pondering – Sarah Reinhard’s blog
- The Catholic Foodie on St. Joseph, a Just Man
- The Catholic Foodie on the Annunciation: Fiat! Let it Be Done to Me!
- The Catholic Foodie on Holy Thursday
- Don’t forget to check out the new recipe videos at Rouxbe.com. There’s a new one on cooking polenta. And we love polenta!