Home Homilies Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday, September 15, 2019


Hard Resetting your Spiritual Life

By Father Brendan McGuire

Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, San Jose, and Vicar General for Special Projects, Diocese of San Jose.

You know that feeling when your smartphone or your computer just stops working and often right in the middle of an urgent need or a critical project? That spinning ball or blue screen can be frightening! We pray hard that we have not lost too much work. So what do we do?

We reset our phone or our computers hoping that they return to normal operation and we can go about our projects again. That “hard reset” gets the computer back to its former condition.  The device is programmed that way to “reset” easily enough and most times it works seamlessly even though we might wait anxiously for minutes.

The same is true for our spiritual lives. There are times that life throws curve balls at us and we lose our way a little. We are programmed to “reset” each week with a Sabbath day and then annually with a vacation. That is the way Lord made us and he commands us to take a Holy Day every week. The challenge is that many of us don’t take the weekend to relax but get even busier with more work projects or other home projects. Then our vacations seem to be equally as amped up. So what are we do?

We need to somehow “reset” our lives and especially our spiritual lives. When we don’t, things start to go wrong. We get testy or unpleasant with our spouses or our children. Work starts to unravel in some way. Our friends seem to be at odds with us like never before. These are all signals that the system is about to freeze and go into “blue screen” mode. We need to stop and reset our lives. We need to come away on retreat or at the very least start a new prayer discipline.

If you need a spritiual reset, I encourage you to take a full weekend away to join me on retreat October 18-20, 2019 at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos. This retreat, led by me, is titled “Hard Resetting Your Spiritual Life.” I will focus what can we do to refocus our lives back on Jesus and his mission for us. Please visit www.jrclosaltos.org or call (650) 917-4000 to register.

It is critical to deepen our relationship with Jesus and hear where he is calling us to grow. We need PRAYER. We need to move closer to Jesus so we can understand how God wants us to lead our lives for the good of all, including ourselves. Come and reset your life this fall.