To our Amazing Parish,
One of the reasons why we fall into the trap of being “Worry-warts” and end up by making others worry too (Remember, worrying can be contagious!) is that we can easily neglect the contemplative dimension in our lives. We can easily fall into activism. We can fall into the proverbial modern malady that we call the workaholic. We can fall into Marthaism—a new word that I have created related to this topic!
Therefore, when you find yourself nervous, tense, emotionally drained, frenetically moving from one activity to the next, like a robot—in a word, you are all stressed out and really bent out of shape, you will know the reason why! You have become too much Martha and not enough Mary.
A grace to pray for: Beg the Blessed Virgin Mary for the grace to strike a harmonious blend between the Martha and the Mary in your life, the harmonious integration of a deep prayer life and zealous active life of fraternal charity. May Our Lady the contemplative in the Annunciation and Our Lady actively serving St. Elizabeth help us to strike the harmonious balance between deep prayer and apostolic zeal!
(Fr. Ed Broom OMV, Martha and Mary: Learning not to Worry)
God Bless you as you continue journeying!
Holy Redeemer Ministry Team:
Fr. Steve Anderson, Deacon Ken Preiss, Paul Schlegelmilch, Daniel Schmit, Raffy Urgino, Emily Arthur
Your Kingdom Come!