Aug 1, 2018
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I'm excited to share with you another reflection on the virtues of the rosary. Today we are discussing Wonder and Awe as the virtue for the 4th Luminous Mystery, the Transfiguration.
I have always loved pondering the Transfiguration. I love the idea that what we see is not all there is to see. I also love to put myself in the shoes of those disciples there on Mt. Tabor that day. They must have been AMAZED! Sure, they really liked Jesus and were willing to follow him...but to see him transfigured and talking to the superstars from the Jewish faith...well that's something else entirely.
What I loved, however, as I researched this virtue, is that wonder and awe is something we also need to strive for in our faith. Sure, the disciples probably experienced a surge of emotion when they saw Jesus transfigured, but by-and-large, wonder and awe are not emotions.
Nope, living a life with wonder and awe is a conscious choice--and one we need to make every day.
The two great enemies of wonder and awe that we do battle with each and every day are commonality and distraction.
We have the habit of thinking that something that is common--something that we see often--is therefore unremarkable. This applies most clearly to the Eucharist. It can be hard to REALLY have the correct amount of wonder and awe each and every time we attend Mass, but really, is seeing the host raised up in the priest's hands all that different from what the disciples witnessed on the mountain?
Distraction also robs us of wonder and awe. When we spend so much time entertaining and distracting ourselves, we lose time to really sit and ponder and marvel at the Lord--which is something our relationship with Him demands.
Again, I hope that what I share here is helpful as you pray your way through the Luminous Mysteries.
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