The Hermit and the Hound of Heaven | October 6

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There is a reflection posted on our sacristy bulletin board…you may have seen it: The most important day in your spiritual life will come, not when you believe you love God, but when you realize (how much) God loves you.

It can be overwhelming to reflect on the description of God’s love for us in the Bible. Our Psalm today is a great example. Consider reading thru all 24 verses of Psalm 139 after Mass today. In commentaries on Psalm 139, God is sometimes described as the Hound from Heaven. He knows us better than we know our ourselves and there is no where we can hide to escape His Love…Like a bloodhound, He will always search us out. We will never comprehend the depth of God’s Love for us in this life but the Saint’s have taught us that it’s always worth the effort to try.

 We honor 1 of those Saints today…today is the Memorial for St Bruno. He was born in Germany in the 11th century. He dreamed of living in solitude and prayer and persuaded a few friends to join him on this mission in a hermitage. They eventually formed the Order of Carthusians in 1084 and built a hermitage in the valley of the Chartreuse Mountains in the French Alps. St. Bruno died on 1101 and since the Carthusian Order maintains a strict observance of humility, he was never formally canonized.

Our mission may not be following in the footsteps of St. Bruno but it’s clear the Lord has a mission for all of us in this life. That mission or calling may be different for each person as we saw with Martha and Mary in our Gospel but they are all important. Our mission will likely change throughout our lives as our gifts evolve and our relationship with God grows deeper but the important thing to remember is that no matter how deep we go with our relationship with God, we will never touch bottom. As we come together in the Eucharist this morning let us ask for the intercession of St. Bruno to help us reflect on the eternal depth of God’s love for us. 


-Deacon Steve Whiteman