Saturday, February 23, 2013

Gleaming Dust or Gleaming Divinity?

The world of the internet can be so amazing, can't it?  What I love best about the internet is all of the wonderful people I've met online through common interests such as praying for priests.  One such special person that I met online and fervently hope to meet and pray with in person some day soon, is Dawn Meyer.  Through this blog and facebook and the Monthly Prayer Request for Priests, Dawn and I have struck up a lovely friendship.  Dawn, knowing that I am an Oblate of the Precious Blood and with that have a special interest in the founder, Fr. Gerald Fitzgerald, recently sent me this profound email which she has graciously allowed me to share here.  I know that she and I are not the only ones who struggle with detachment from material goods and other things which keep us from a closer union with God alone and I felt that her words would touch many hearts.

Dawn writes:
Remember the 30 pieces of silver that Judas accepted in return for handing Jesus over to the chief priests?
(Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?" And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him. Matthew 26:14-15)
Consider this....
Fr. Gerald Fitzgerald
"The silver had done no evil, the silver had not enticed of its own, if the silver could have spoken, it would have said, 'O Judas, do not take us for our Creator; we are only gleaming dust, He is gleaming Divinity.'
All sin is the choosing of the dust. Even when it is the choosing of a living creature, what are we but animated dust? And what is the source of our animation? All the beauty of human love, all the beauty and tenderness that is in honest human love, is only a fraction, a faint shadow of the tenderness of God's love." -Fr. Gerald Fitzgerald
It is a powerful image to be mindful of, this "choosing of the dust". In the midst of temptations, the sinful thought, word, or deed looks so enticing, so captivating, so irresistible that we lose sight of the fact that we're really succumbing to a heap of "gleaming dust"! When you look at it that way, it seems preposterous to even contemplate choosing to sin, yes?
The other day I was out shopping and as my eyes did a 360 around the store, taking in all of the colorful items that surrounded me, it occurred to me that every single thing there was all just dust. Flowery wreath for the front door...dust. Mango-colored pillow that would look great on my gray couch...dust. Cute Easter table decorations....dust. You get the idea. Not to say that buying any of these items would be a sin, in and of itself. But in the end, we know that nothing material lasts forever, and the "joy" we feel when taking possession of any material good, pales in comparison to the joy of knowing and loving our Creator.
Hmmmm....gleaming dust or gleaming Divinity? Seems like such an obvious choice, doesn't it?
Mary Immaculate,
help me in my weakness
to resist the tempting heaps of gleaming dust
that present themselves to me every day.
Be my guide, my constant help.
Lead me to always choose your Beloved Son
in His gleaming Divinity, so as to please Him
and merit eternal life with you and the Blessed Trinity.


  1. Amen! This is wonderful truth. May we pray this beautiful prayer daily...Thanks so much for sharing these reminders especially as we journey through Lent.

  2. Deep and beautiful, just like you, dear Anne. I hope it's not sinful that I passionately love to decorate my domestic church with things that remind me of my faith. I know they are just "things" but I pray the symbolism bears my heart to the heavens. I could care less if they all went up in flames tomorrow so I guess that's what's important? Thank you, as always, for your wonderful reflections! God bless.

  3. This really puts things into perspective, Anne. My thanks to both you and Dawn. And I pray this prayer with you!

  4. Beautiful. I even hate to "intrude" with something off-topic, but I want to let you know I've nominated you, from my blog the Breadbox Letters, for a "Liebster" blog award. You can check that out at

  5. I enjoyed this post, and reflecting on my own issues. Thanks Anne!

    God Bless.