Hope you are all having a great 2019. So the Catholic in “Musings of a Moody Catholic Economist” plays many roles, one of which is a not so subtle reference to the religion I subscribe to… (there is a reason I put both religion and faith as they are related but separate things, for instance, I am Roman Catholic but I also believe in evolution which to me necessitates that God was the driver of this process, even if I can’t explain, but at least there are some “plot holes” in Genesis…”Lord I belief, help my unbelief”)
However, like I said on the homepage there are many truths, some of them contradictory (don’t believe me, go talk to a physicist), so differing ideals, values and beliefs should not detract from the joy and power of the pause.
And essentially, that is one of the activities that Lent and particularly the Holy week provide – an opportunity to abstain, fast, reflect, pray, sacrifice, give, commune and share.
Have you ever thought back to an instance and decided on a better action you should have taken, or a witty phrase you should have said? How you ever regretted and impulsive decision in the heat of the moment? How you ever had a spark of inspiration or figured out the solution to that tricky problem that had been bugging you for a while?
All of these situations show the “Joy of the Pause”
If we take the time to take a moment…to meditate…to centre ourselves in the present…to push away distractions…to reflect and learn from past experiences, both ours and others… TO BE SILENT.
We see connections greater than we imagined and allow our minds, our spirits and our souls give us answers far been our conscious thought. This to be is a way of surrendering, to the universe, to a higher power, to our inner selves… whatever you want to call it.
So holy week shows us that true power comes from surrendering, from sacrificing, from loving unconditionally as in a world of perpetual motion, control can only come from stillness.