Today's Communion Antiphon:
Everyone who has given up home, brothers, or sisters, father or mother, wife or children or property for My sake will receive many times as much and inherit everlasting life.
It is so obvious to me now, that I spent my entire life dominated by my mother. She controlled me and everyone else through emotional manipulation, through a charming performance that convinced all except those who lived in close contact with her--that is, we who experienced her anger and cruelty and know what she is really like.
I was afraid of her, and constantly tried to please her, but she never appreciated anything I did. She routinely insulted and hurt me, openly displayed her complete contempt for me--and yet I stupidly kept trying. She never opened up to me or anyone else as a real person, apparently because she has to be in control of everything, all the time, and can never risk displaying the slightest amount of vulnerability. I think she never really trusts anyone.
I would still be in bondage to her, were it not for the wonderful gift God sent, my therapist--and now spiritual friend--Joe. Somehow--and I don't really understand how--he enabled me to see her as she is and to break free--and in so doing, release me from the grip of unbearable rage: I was in torment and in a horrible state of sin, but Confession wasn't helping and I did not know how to escape. God saw this, and He sent me a person with a pure heart and beautiful soul, through whom He could save me.
And so now, here I am, living in a convent in Kansas, finally fulfilling the plan I am so convinced He had for me from the beginning. It feels like a miracle, because it is a miracle.
My life is peaceful and beautiful... I am unbelievably happy, but I have a sense that He is preparing me for something, that He is going to ask me for something. I have no idea what that will be, but I am praying that I will recognize it when it comes, and that I will be open to His Holy Will, totally surrendered to Him. I am so completely His now, that I have lost the "edges:" I can no longer perceive where He begins and ends, because He is everything to me, my All in All--it is impossible to express this in words, but I am in and of Him, in every possible way, and I exist in the unutterable bliss of that awareness. +