In His Loving Arms |
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Since I last wrote to you we have been suffering from repeated bouts of the flu and our younger son, Kellin, developed a strain of mononucleosis on top of the flu. In short, January and February were long, hard, cold months and we live in San Diego! Our Blessed Mother foretold that there would be changes in weather throughout the world, and here in Southern California we notice it very much. I cannot remember a winter colder than this one…and it is seeping into March as well. Let us hope the axiom "in like a lion, out like a lamb" will apply the the end of this month.
But I do not want to talk about weather. I am prompted by the Holy Spirit to talk to you about our God the Father. This prompting has been placed upon my heart with zeal by the Holy Spirit, because throughout my life I have been blessed with a personal and wonderful relationship with the Almighty Father.
First, I would ask all of you who are reading this short column to go back and read the article written by Jane Dalton in her column on last month called "My Heavenly Daddy". In this column you will find a taste of what it means to have a relationship with the Father.
My dear brothers and sisters, it is so important for you to understand that your relationship with Our dear Lord Jesus Christ, and His Most Blessed Mother is the way to the Father. Yes, we must be one with Jesus, and we must seek mystical union with him, for this mystical state is possible for us, it is not reserved just for those who have a capital "S" in front of their name. But our relationship with Jesus must lead us to a personal relationship with the Father. Jesus Himself said to the apostles that they who knew Him also knew the Father, for Jesus and the Father, and the Holy Spirit are ONE.
I have heard so many people, even relatives, tell me that they are afraid of God the Father. They have the misguided idea that God the Father is the God of Wrath, one who waits for us to step out of line so He can punish us. Many see God the Father as Zeus, waiting to strike with a thunder bolt. How do you see God the Father in your heart and mind? Do you ever pray to the Father? Do you ever talk to the Father? Do you talk to Jesus and Mary? Or, do you pray and expect no answer, so you never talk to the Blessed Trinity and Mary because you think it useless, they won't hear or listen to you?
My dear brothers and sisters, I assure you that God the Father is not the God of wrath, and He is not watching us so that He can punish us. It is quite the opposite. God the Father is the most wonderful Father in the world. He is the FATHER, and He LOVES us infinitely, so much so that He sent His only-begotten Son to live, die, and rise from the dead for us. How can we be afraid of Him who gave us life? God the Father is a LOVING GOD who cares about us, and that includes every detail of our lives. He wants us to LOVE HIM, and to pray to HIM, and to talk to HIM , because everything you do, say, think, feel, etc. is known by GOD THE FATHER, and HE CARES ABOUT YOU!
From the age of four God granted me the gift of knowing the Father, and the grace to Love Him with all my heart and soul, as I love Jesus with my entire being, even giving Him my very life. From that young age, I have always thought of the Father, and I have learned His gentleness and His Love. Through each day, my dear brothers and sisters, I place myself in God the Father's arms. I run to Him, and He holds me in His arms and comforts me, instructs me, and gives to me the strength to do His Will in my everyday life. I leave His arms and go about the tasks of the day, always aware that at any moment I can run back to God the Father, Who will embrace me and help me and love me. At night, I ask the Father to hold me in His arms, and I surrender my life to Our Lord Jesus Christ, and commit my soul to God. Then, held in His arms, I fall asleep, hearing the beat of Our Lord's Heart in my soul, and most nights the angels finish my prayers and keep watch over me.
During this season of Lent, may I make a suggestion? Would you, after reading Jane Dalton's article, strive to enrich your spiritual life by establishing a true relationship with God the Father. Start by asking Jesus to help you know the Father? We are called in our earthly life to LOVE the TRINITY. We must expand our spiritual life and acknowledge the presence of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit within us. If you strive for this, you will find that LOVING GOD is not complicated, it is not hard. Invite the Trinity to dwell in your soul, and ask the Father to know Him. I assure you that with an open heart you will begin to know the Father, and you will find, as I have found, that God the Father is the way to sanctity, the fullness of Our Lord, and the fullness of the Holy Spiritl Your spiritual life will blossom anew, your soul will be filled with sublime joy, and you will become aware of the working of the Holy Spirit within you.
I am praying that each of you will come to know the Father, and will take on new meaning, as you realize the fullness of the Most Blessed Trinity. Your love for Our Lord cannot be complete if you do not come to know the Father, and the Holy Spirit.
May God bless you and hold you in His tender arms.
Your very little sister in Christ,
For past installments by Cyndi Cain, see SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING Archives
March 7, 2001
volume 12, no. 66
Cyndi Cain's SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING column