Us Is Invisible: A Year of Thoughts on Marriage, Parenting, and Life from a Two-Time Loser and Big-Time Winner

I’m excited to announce that Us Is Invisible: A Year of Thoughts on Marriage, Parenting and Life from a Two-Time Loser and Big-Time Winner by Reid Lundy will be released in paperback this month. As Reid’s consultant on the project, I had the pleasure of editing this fun, inspiring, and touching book, which often evoked tears and laughter as I pored through 365 days of the author’s wisdom gleaned from life experience.

From the book description:

Reid Lundy entered his twenties sitting high on a wall of hopes and dreams for the future; full of self, ego, and pride. Before the end of his third decade of life, he had fallen off that wall and shattered into bits and pieces. Before his thirtieth birthday, he’d been married and divorced twice. As custodial father to a three-year-old son, he worked a job that was going nowhere, struggled and sometimes failed to keep the bills paid and the lights on, and resigned himself to the fact that he was just not any good at being married.

Us Is Invisible was not written by a marriage expert. The author is not a degreed or trained therapist, nor a child psychologist – just a guy who made massive mistakes and paid a price for his immaturity, selfishness, and sometimes outright stupidity.

This book guides you through a year of thoughts on marriage, parenting, and life lessons learned from the mistakes and failures of a two-time loser, and the celebrations of the joys and victories of a big-time winner.

Follow Reid on Twitter @ReidLundyTN, connect with him on Facebook and visit his website, www.reidlundy.comI’ll post a link and an announcement when the book is available for purchase on Amazon and everywhere books are sold online.

Thank you, Reid, for sharing your life’s lessons learned for the spiritual and personal growth of others. I’m looking forward to future collaborations.

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Easter Vigil

From The Word Among Us:

Heed me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare. (Isaiah 55:2)

There are so many powerful symbols during the Easter Vigil! We gather in darkness as a brand-new fire is ignited. That light spreads from the Paschal candle to our own tapers, swallowing up darkness and isolation in its radiant glow.

We hear how our father Abraham sacrificed a lamb caught in a thorn-bush in place of his only son, and we stand in awe before the Father who offers up his thorn-crowned Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

We hear God declare his unconditional faithfulness to the covenant he made with his people, and we join the elect as they pro­fess their faith and love and enter into this covenant themselves. We exult as the Lord of Hosts opens a path for his people through the sea of destruction, and we see the Paschal candle plunged into the font, making its waters the place where the old life of sin and death will be destroyed.

We marvel as the power of God’s voice brings forth creation, and we bow before the humility of the Incarnate Word as he bursts from the silent grave. We hear God promise to place his Spirit within his people, and we witness the anointing with oil that conveys the fullness of that Spirit to brand-new Catholics.

Fire and light, sacrificial Lamb, words of faith, holy water, life-giving Word, fragrant oil— all of our senses are filled with the life of God at the Vigil! But none of these is the central sym­bol of this great celebration. It is the eucharistic banquet of life. It’s the glorious celebration of Jesus’ decisive victory over sin and death, the commemoration of the way Jesus’ resurrection has brought fulfillment to each and every other symbol of our faith. This, and not just Baptism and Confirmation, is the most impor­tant thing that the newly baptized will experience tonight.

And even better, it’s not a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s a reality we can all share at every Mass!

“Christ is risen indeed!”

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Five Minutes with the Word: Humility

Today’s Lenten meditation:

“We know where he is from. When the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.” (John 7:27)

The conflict about the origins of Jesus arose because of a popu­lar belief that the Messiah’s origins would be hidden. Since the people at the Temple claimed to know Jesus’ family and hometown, they con­cluded that he could not possibly be the Messiah. The problem was that the people were thinking about Jesus’ human and earthly origins, but Jesus was referring to his divine and heav­enly origins.

Jesus challenged the people about their relationship with the Father who had sent him. If they knew the Father and wanted to do his will, the mystery of Jesus’ origin would be unveiled to them: “Whoever chooses to do his will shall know whether my teaching is from God or whether I speak on my own” (John 7:17). Clearly, Jesus was speaking on one level—infinite, heavenly, spiritual— and the people were listening on another—finite, earthly, unspiritual.

The clash between these two cre­ated a mounting hostility among the people. Because they were trying to figure Jesus out through their human reasoning alone, they were not open to ideas that didn’t agree with their own logic. Because they relied only on earthly reasoning, they ended up stifling the “spirit that gives life” (John 6:63).

Like these Jews, we too can fall into the trap of striving to know Jesus through human reasoning alone. But Jesus calls us to know him on a higher level through the power of his Spirit, whom he gives to anyone who loves him and obeys him. On our own, we can know a lot about Jesus, but only through the Spirit can we know Jesus.

If you want to know Jesus more deeply this Lent, take on the attitude of humility that people like Mary, John, and Peter had. Humility means loving Jesus more than we love our­selves. It means becoming like children and relying on the Spirit to teach us through the liturgy, prayer, Scripture, and the events of our lives. It really is possible to know the Lord!

“Jesus, give me a humble heart so that I can discover you more deeply. Fill me with a greater affection for you so that I can surrender more of my life to you.”

 

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