A Nun Blog - The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration

A Nun Blog - The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration "For God created man for incorruption, and made him in the Image of His own Eternity." Wisdom 2:23

Friday, August 6, 2010

Fully Awake

One of the most common hurdles to living a vibrant life is fatigue. Weariness. Lack of sleep. If you’re a student falling asleep in an endless lecture, a mom handling a thousand little problems in a day (no elaboration needed!), or doing your best to keep pace with projects in your job, exhaustion is no stranger. As perpetual adorers, the struggle to ‘stay awake and watch’ with Christ during our vigils by night and day is frequently just that: a struggle! For those of us who do not wake up with vim and vigor, a stiff cup of coffee is absolutely essential if we are to ‘awake the dawn’ with praises of God! Today, on the Feast of the Transfiguration, we join good company in this battle for consciousness. Peter, James and John joined Our Lord on the mountain for prayer. There they were “overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory” (Luke 9:32). What did it mean for them to become ‘fully awake?’ They were more than just physically awake; they were overcome to the depths of their souls. Jesus was revealing to them, not only the mystery of the cross and His sufferings, but giving them a glimpse of His resurrected glory in which we also are destined to share. Not comprehending all of this at the time, the apostles nonetheless had seen the intertwining of the cross and their future glory.

As we strain to be ‘fully awake’ to the Presence of God in our lives, and the needs of others (even with a mug of coffee or two!) we can trust that unseen grace is at work in our hearts. The Transfiguration is a promise to us that though we only ‘know in part; then [we] shall understand fully, even as [we] have been fully understood” (1 Corinthians 13:12)


Loukas said...

An insightful article on the feast of Transfiguration focused on the transformation of the whole creation and our responsibility as the leaven of it. Worth giving it a look:

Anonymous said...

Hi from Jamie. Very nicely done. God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

I had to laugh when I read that sometimes you need a good stiff cup of coffee to wake up in the morning!

Interesting entry on the Trasnfiguration!

Barb in NY

Oh-and happy 'belated' 66th Anniversary to Mother Angelica! And happy anniversaries as well to Sisters Mary Regina and Mary Michael!

Eddie McAveeney said...

I like Iced coffee myself. Your so right Sisters . Sometimes you need it to be fully awake and focused. We had a 24 hour Eucharistic Adoration at my parish church ( I.C., Malden Mass )every Friday for a few years and I would go at 1 or 2 AM a lot because I worked nights and that hour was hard to fill, Honestly, week after week, it was the most peaceful hour I've ever spent.(and the fastest ?) I miss it and pray they will bring it back soon. Maybe you can pray for me too. God bless all the Sisters and may Jesus continue to bless you with his tender Mercy and Love,, Eddie "Mac', Medford Ma.

Anonymous said...

Happy to hear about your blog! Great idea. We say the Rosary w/you and Mother Angelica - hope it's "OK" to pray this way, too. God Bless and know that you are making a difference.(Pangel2012)