Weathering Soul Storms

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 06/18/2015

in Ordinary Time

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time–Cycle C
June 21, 2015

“Teacher do you not care that we are perishing?” “Why are you terrified?”
(Mark 4:38b, 4:40)

Weathering Soul Storms

 

What or who is terrifying you?
In the chaotic days of our soul storms, many things or persons bring fear to us.
Fear of: God, death, failure, change, the unknown, love, and you name it.

Just as there are different kinds of fears, there are different kinds of storms. Here are a few: Drizzles, Thunder, Lighting, Hail, Wind, Ice, Flash Floods, Mud Slides Tornadoes,
Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Tsunamis.

When any one of these natural storms create chaos, how are they remedied?
This is quite an important question. Rescue teams are not going to call out the guards if it is just a drizzle. This would be a waste of energy and manpower!

Perhaps one of the ways we can weather our soul storms is to get real!
How often do you find yourself making mountains out of mole hills?
Is this what you might be doing in your spiritual life, making drizzles into raging
and chaotic storms?

Before you start loosing control, remember the experience of driving into a foggy area. Fog creates a vision problem, like missing the tree in a forest. Fog also hides reality. Get real!

Like the apostles, tell Jesus why you feel you are drowning. Let him know that you are at a loss, and that you don’t know what to do.  Ask him to remind you what he has told you over and over through the years of spiritual struggle. He will respond IF—and this is the biggy—you have trust and have faith. “Don’t you have any faith at all?”(Mark 4:40b) He asks the apostles and He asks us.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What kind of spiritual storms are you experiencing?
  2. Why might you not be trusting God at this time?
  3. When has this occurred before in your life?
  4. Who helps or what helps you in these chaotic times?
  5. What new insight have you gleaned from comparing natural and spiritual storms?
  6. Why are these storms a blessing?

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