April 11, 2007

The Wedding is Over

Gentle Reader: As I was running around, frantically, getting ready for Confirmation at the Easter Vigil, it occurred to me that this must be what getting ready to be married is like. Let's look at the evidence:

*running around trying to get a new outfit at the last minute!
*ruining said outfit with candle wax during the ceremony!
*worrying if my shoes would be comfortable enough or if my heel was too high!
*worrying if my Dad would get there on time!
*worrying about the bad knees and the physical endurance of the person witnessing for me!
*wondering where my friends were (Ray!)
*trying to remain calm!
*trying not to get upset over minor snafus like someone sat in our pew!
*doing my nails 1 hour before we left!
*worrying about my hair and it did not matter one whit because it collapsed anyway!
*questioning if I"m ready and worthy
*wondering what I'd do if Father Conlin forgot to call my name!
*worrying if I was asked to recite a Profession of Faith, I wouldn't remember it
*general sense of panic

Since Scripture is just chock full of wedding imagery, I thought this was a somewhat appropriate analogy. In a sense, I did wed myself to Christ via His Church.

But, the wedding is over. Now what?

How do you keep the honeymoon going? How do you combat spiritual dryness? For the last 7 months, I've been, intensively, working towards a goal. I made it, but I want to keep the Spirit alive. I don't want to burn out.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spiritual dryness is actually a grace. It is a request from God to focus more on him, depend on him, and trust him, even when he withdraws consolations.

Faith is not a feeling - it is a gift and also a conscious act.

So accept your dryness, keep praying, and God will reward you by drawing you in closer to him.

~ Adoro

April 11, 2007 4:19 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Or, get drunk.

April 11, 2007 4:22 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations: baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yest, to the end of time.

April 11, 2007 4:43 PM  
Blogger Adoro te Devote said...

Nice, Terry. :-)

You know, Cathy, you could come up to my parish and help teach RCIA next year....

April 11, 2007 5:39 PM  
Blogger :o) said...

You already have the answer: the Adoration chapel. Congratulations on your confirmation. I always cry at Easter Vigil when people come into the Church, it is so beautiful.

You looked lovely, HT is my parish, by the way.

April 11, 2007 5:59 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Leviticus Adoro: I don't feel qualified to teach RCIA yet. I'd be interested in observing you in action to see how its done. Remind me next year when you start up again.

Terry: You are funny but there is truth in your comment. Yes, if it had been a real wedding, I probably would have been bombed.

Ray: Thanks.

Child of Mary: Where you there? I would have enjoyed meeting you!

April 11, 2007 6:29 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Catherine - All of this will pass...absence and presence - the sense of - ebbs back and forth like the tides. Therese always said she believed that beyond the darkness of a cloudy day, the sun is yet shinning brightly.

Perhaps the Holy Spirit you received in His fullness is drying you out in order to bring into flame a great holocust of love.


You are indeed His spouse!

April 11, 2007 7:35 PM  
Blogger Histor the Wise said...

I say take it cool. Fretting about your spiritual condition doesn't do a tap of good, as Divine Intimacy and my many siblings say. (Deep lads and lassies all.)

Spiritual drunkenness...ah, sounds like a good idea.

April 12, 2007 1:22 AM  
Blogger :o) said...

Yes, I was there but I would have felt odd coming up to you and saying, "hey, congrats, I read your blog". Too stalker-ish.

They decorated the church rather like a wedding, didn't they? It was pretty but I don't care for fake flowers.

April 12, 2007 7:04 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Child of Mary: If you would have said I'm Child of Mary and I read your blog, I would have known who you were.

If you had said: "I'm your #1 fan" I'd be scared. :-)

The flowers were fake? I did not notice. Of course, I probably would not have noticed much anyway, I was so focused on the Sacrament I was about to receive.

The church was beautifully decorated. The gold and white looked really pretty against those yellowish walls (I think the wall color is ugly). The bonfire pit (not a pit but I'm floundering with what to call it) was really pretty. It's hammered copper shaped like a torch. It's probably the nicest bonfire holder I've ever seen. My parish uses a hibachi. It's ugly.

April 12, 2007 2:55 PM  
Anonymous tvs said...

I would keep in mind letter 8 of the Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis:


excerpts: "Has no one ever told you about the law of Undulation?
Humans are amphibians--half spirit and half animal. ... As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time. This means that while their spirit can be directed to an eternal object, their bodies, passions, and imaginations are in continual change, for to be in time means to change. Their nearest approach to constancy, therefore, is undulation--the repeated return to a level from which they repeatedly fall back, a series of troughs and peaks. ...
"He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles. Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys."

April 12, 2007 8:25 PM  
Blogger onionboy said...

Adoration. Evangelism. Embracing the dryness as a form of God's grace. Become a sponsor in RCIA next year. Volunteer in parish ministry. Invite fellow RCIA friends over after Mass. Read. Relax doing none of the above accept continuing to be faithful in Reconciliation and the Eucharist.


April 14, 2007 7:41 PM  

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