The power of Christ is immense and at the same time hidden. It is as if we were in the hull of a ship unaware of the great ocean on which we rest or even that we are in a ship at all. We feel tossed and turned, and upset that this has disturbed our rest, completely oblivious that great currents are directing our ship homeward. We are irritated with fellow passengers who are as ignorant as we are – and don’t you know that there are some rats on board as well, disgusting and frustrating us – even to the point that we think their stench is ours.
It’s time to wake up, shake off your slumber and to remember who you are. You are a baptized son of the Most High and you are sailing forth on the great Bark of Peter, sailing across the ocean of Christ’s love to our Fatherland, to the place prepared for us – for the Father has made us for greatness. You are not made for the filth of wrath or self-pity or scrupulosity – but to stand like a man on the shores of salvation and cry out to the Living God and be heard by Him, to His great delight!
Remember who you are and do not let the rats distract you. The rats are but demonic vermin who frighten, steal food and make a mess. Ignore them unless you can throw one overboard into immensity of the blood of Christ.
To remember who you are, simply climb out of the hull of the daily grind and step out into the starlight of prayer. Walk across the deck of silence and do not fear the plank of solitude. Shake off the squalor of scrupulosity – and bath yourself in the love that holds up the whole Church.
As you plunge into Christ, search for the Star of the Sea – her light reassures you that you have found your way. Let her maternal presence comfort you as a mother her son – for she understands your agony and stands with you through it all – just as she did her own Son. Then refreshed, cloth yourself anew with Christ and climb back down to the hull and give your fellow travelers a word of hope. This is your great mission and purpose.