Judy Principe is an associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Philadelphia. She is a certified spiritual director and a Myers-Briggs Master practitioner. Her professional career was spent in training and development, organizational development and human resources. She holds a master's degree in management and supervision and a certificate in organizational development.
As I prepared for Pentecost, I asked: How is the Holy Spirit enlightening, guiding and strengthening me to live a Christian life of love and unity when I feel so many forces pulling me away from doing just that?
Sacramental ashes are only an outward sign to remind me of its deeper purpose and meaning: my need for renewal, repentance, conversion and transformation through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
As I contemplated poor Scrooge and his sad life as revealed by the spirits, I began to see how he suffers from himself, ignorant of want and need in others, while coveting his money and all he thinks will make him happy.
What lessons have I learned? How has the year changed me interiorly? May I never forget and always be grateful that I live in a country which allows me options regarding where I live; and I realize how God has provided me the means to make such a choice. God has deepened in me a profound sense of how I am loved and cared for as God's unique creation.