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September 15, 2021
Note from the Managing Editor
This week, we are featuring the video of "A Harvard Professor's Conversion to Catholicism" on our site.

In the video, you will meet and hear the incredible conversion story of Roy Schoeman.  "I saw that my two greatest regrets after I died would be, number one, all of the time and energy I had wasted worrying about not being loved when, every moment of my existence, I was held in an ocean of love greater than I ever imagined could exist coming from this all-knowing, all-loving God.  And the other great regret would be every hour I had wasted doing nothing of value in the eyes of heaven."

Our reflection this week ponders this ocean of love.  Saint Bernard of Clairvaux writes that God first "gave me to myself; and [then] he gave himself to me.  And when he gave himself, he gave me back myself that I had lost."  We owe ourselves, doubly, to God; and for the gift of Himself we owe God "love that has no measure."

I have found both of these pieces comforting in a moment where I am beset by worries, with our new baby in the hospital about to have surgery, with the new demands of motherhood, with the challenge of going back to work, with friends and family who are ill and suffering, with feeling like there is not enough time to do what needs to be done and what I'd like to do.

But these pieces teach me how to be like Mary instead of Martha — and not just through relying on my own effort of scheduling, and staying on task, and working Herculean hours — but simply through relying on God.

If I might ask for prayers once again, our little six-week-old son Joseph will be having surgery on his lymphatic malformation this Thursday.

Jesus, we trust in You! - Meaghen Gonzalez
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