A very warm welcome to all of you who are looking for a place to go that is wrapped in the warmth of good, old fashioned, Abraham-like hospitality.
This blog is for all of the precious anawim who truly love being Catholic … I mean, the entire treasury of our faith. Therefore, in the spirit of hospitality, this blog will be a safe haven of only positive posts and comments about our faith, our Catholic Church, and our heroic spiritual shepherds.
I want to begin by noting that this is the first time I have put together a blog, and I am very excited. Especially as this first post comes on July 7, 2007 (07-07-07). I’m not sure what that means, but I trust God will let me know in His time.
Also, I just concluded a very special Marian novena that has prepared us for this new beginning. This novena has loosed many new opportunities, and I highly recommend it for all. It is called, “Mary, Undoer of Knots,” and was inspired by St. Irenaeus’ (Bishop, 202 a.d.) meditation on Mary: “Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of disgrace for the human race; to the contrary, Mary, by her obedience, undid it.”
It is that obedience that is at the heart of describing what it means to be one of “Mary’s Anawim.” Anawim (pronounced ann-a-weem) is a Hebrew word from the Old Testament which describes the “poor ones” who remained faithful to God in times of difficulty. It is the Anawim, “the lost and forgotten ones,” to whom Jesus refers in his beautiful beatitudes on the Sermon on the Mount: “Blesssed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven” and “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matt 5:3,5).
The great Marian canticle (Luke 1:46-50) “reveals in filigree,” as Pope Benedict XVI so beautifully teaches, “the spirituality of the biblical ‘anawim,’ that is, of those faithful who not only recognize themselves as ‘poor’ in the detachment from all idolatry of riches and power, but also in the profound humility of a heart emptied of the temptation to pride and open to the bursting in of the divine saving grace.”
“The bursting in of the divine saving grace” … aaahhh … isn’t that what we want in our lives? Mary’s Anawim are those who have come to understand that there is only one true way to open ourselves to that “bursting in,” and that is to offer our loving hearts, burning H.O.T. for the Lord … hearts of Humility, Obedience and Trust.
In Pope John Paul II’s inspiring reflection on Psalm 149, he draws attention to the anawim in this way: “The ‘day of the Lord’s wrath’ is really the day described in the second part of the Psalm when the ‘poor’ are lined up on the side of God to fight against evil. By themselves they do not have sufficient strength or the arms or the necessary strategies to oppose the onslaught of evil. Yet the Psalmist does not admit hesitation: ‘The Lord loves his people, he adorns the lowly (anawim) with victory’ (v. 4). What St Paul says to the Corinthians completes the picture: ‘God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are’ (I Cor 1,28).”
How, as Mary’s Anawim, do we contribute to building the kingdom of God here on earth? How do we fight against the mounting evil in our world? By trusting prayer and unreserved love for all.
That is the hope of this blog … that it be a place where we can all reflect on the countless ways in which God is responding to the prayers of the humble and the hearts of the lowly — Mary’s Anawim.
I love that novena, I llook forward to reading your future entries!
I am so excited about your new blog! I am expecting great things, Father. God’s blessings on all your tremendous work, including this blog.
Well, I am totally blowing the humility thing by being the first to comment on this wonderful new blog! I will pray for God’s blessings on this endeavour!
What a wonderful way to help us express our faith. It is so great to have an outlet online where we can go. Thanks and God Bless
I believe that the “Little Way” of Saint Therese offers great insight into this community of Anawim. She shows us in her life-time how we are to become “like children.” Indeed, our calling to follow God, like children, in a full and perpetual abandonment to the grace and mercy of God, means a life of utmost poverty: to be the poorest of the poor.
Bravo! Fr. Rick: Let us, as Catholics, convicted to live in love with God and one another continue to pronounce the truth (and sacrifice) of the Gospel hopefully causing many to wonder why we live the way we do! May our Blessed Mother gather and strengthen a “New Vanguard of Spiritual Warriors” who, in the way of St. Therese and the likeness of St. Joan of Arc, emerge as children convinced of the Lord’s protection and guidance as He leads the poor and lowly home with Him.
Praise Be Lord Jesus Christ!
I just ordered a Mary Undoer of Knots novena booklet. Thanks for the inspiration, Fr. Rick!
You are a welcome addition to the Wisconsin blogosphere (Cheddarsphere)–thanks for your efforts!
I like your comment John Smith.
The Little Way of St. Therese is a wonderful way of life. More so – I think the Little Way of St.Therese is also the Little Way of Mary herself. Of course – she didn’t do Little Things – she allowed the Holy Spirit to do Great Things in her.
Lets all do our everyday Little things for Jesus and His Church.
Let’s talk about novenas. I prayed the “Mary Undoer of Knots” but nothing seemed to open up or change. Any ideas, responses, thoughts?
How wonderful to find this site on the Feast of the Assumption, and my second year’s consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary! I pray I can truly surrender all to her and her Precious Son every moment for the rest of my life. Monte Alverno did a retreat on the “anaweim” a few years ago. It was the first time I had heard the word…a BIG word for our times.
Thank you and God Bless you, Fr. Rick, and all of our faithful leaders in this wonderful church.
So this is what “poor in spirt” means! I feel like I have “come home”.
This is the 1st blog I’ve ever visited much less commented on. I also can say, “So this is what a blog is!”
I am new to all this..I found this link via Relevant Radio where I have enjoyed to listening to Father Rick in the past. Are there any current entries though?? I hope this is still up and running. God bless
Why should we not be generous? We have an enormous inheritance from our heavenly Father, enough to share with others.
We are to be fountains of blessing.
Dan. 4:33, 34
Poor in spirit but not poor in God’s blessings.
“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure– pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”