A number of years ago, I received a gift, a book entitled, “Latin Sayings for Spiritual Growth,” by then Archabbot Lambert Reilly, OSB, of St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana. One chapter starts out, “Solet hora, quod multi anni obstulerint, reddere.” Translated, it means “One day is sometimes better than a whole year.” It’s a maxim from the ancient Roman citizen Publilius Syrus. Archabbot Lambert’s commentary reads:
“A change for the good can take place in our life in a single moment and it’s far more than has been accomplished in a long time. What has happened is that God has offered His grace and, at last, we have been open. Then an insight comes and we can’t be as we were.
“God’s grace comes regularly, but necessarily connected with this gift is what Jesus calls docibiles Dei – ‘being teachable of God.’ People can watch a gift being set down on a table before them. Opening the gift, being grateful for it, and then putting it to use in one’s life takes something more.
“When the gift of grace is accepted, life isn’t like it was before. That moment may be dramatic, as with the vows embraced in religious or married life. Or it may be a glimmer, a whisper, or a thought coming deep in a quiet night that changes everything for years to come because in that single brief moment, we accept the gift with faith in the Giver.”
As June approaches and summer is upon us, my prayer is that this “sacred time” may be a time of renewal and, like all stages in life, open to God’s grace. As we all know, renewal has many faces: renewal of heart or soul, renewal of appreciation for the things we have or who those in our lives, and, even perhaps, a renewal of faith. May it be a time for couples to renew their love, families to renew their ties, and individuals to renew their relationship with God.
Whatever it may be for you, let us remember that “God’s grace comes regularly.” We only need to be attentive of spirit and have open eyes to recognize it.