YOUR GOD IS TOO SMALL
“Seek The Lord While He May Be Found”  [Isaiah 42]

In Father James Martin’s novel The Abbey, Anne is a 40-year-single parent whose life is shattered when her 13-year-old son is struck and killed by a car. Three years later, Anne is still mired in grief. 
 
Anne strikes up a friendship with Father Paul, the abbot of a nearby Trappist monastery. He lets Anne vent her anger at God for taking her son from her. Over several conversations, Father Paul, with compassion and without judgment, helps Anne confront her grief by realizing the narrowness of her images of God. 
 
At one of their meetings, Father Paul asks Anne when she last felt some measure of peace. She replies that she feels happiest when working in her garden. “Strange,” she said, “It felt like God was patting down the soil around me, sort of. Does that sound insane?”  

A gentle smile comes to Father Paul’s face and he says, “Not at all! It sounds beautiful. Can you let that image of God as the gardener who tends you like a flower be your image of God for now? That image may be a gift from God. There are lots of images of God and I think God has just given you a new one.”
 
All of us have faced similar feelings of doubt and emptiness. We struggle to move beyond brokenness and disappointment. As Father Paul helps Anne see God in new ways, she begins a new relationship with God. The Jesus of the Gospels, who seeks reconciliation with us always, who shows compassion without end, and who makes his presence known in every act of kindness, challenges our narrow and incomplete images of God. Your image of God may be too small! In this new year, God may be offering you some new images. If so, use them to better know God.
Items to Mention:
-Tired of The Hallmark Channel? Kids sick of Zoom?
What about trying out ‘FORMED’, the Catholic Netflix program?
·        For Adults:   Besides Bible Studies, retreats, and personal reflections, the site also has many movies for all genres. "Building Better Families" has a season of episodes discussing how to build a better faith filled family. The movie, “Coming Home", follows a man who has focused more on his career than his family and how that impacted his life.  
·        For Children under 5: "The Wonderful World of Benjamin Cello".
·        For Children 5 and up: The "Brother Francis" collection is just perfect.
·        Check out FORMED. We are sure you'll find something interesting to watch!
 
-Uncertain how to access FORMED? Go to our website, www.stlads.org then click on the word FORMED toward the bottom of the page and begin!  We update our website daily so check it out for the next live-stream mass along with the latest information about our parish happenings, pictures, and so much more!

Thank you,
Father Don