THE IMPOSSIBLE MYSTERIES
Like many Catholics during a long season with no public liturgies to attend, I picked up the rosary again last year. This familiar and traditional prayer practice has become a daily companion during long solitary walks, sleepless nights, and regular reports of sick and troubled friends. For many months, I patrolled the 20 Mysteries like a soldier on night watch: Joy, Sorrow, Light, and Glory became the territories I guarded fiercely for the sake of my loved ones.
In time, I found myself yearning for other territories to roam. I longed for Healing Mysteries to pray for our sick world, and even wrote some from the gospel stories. I considered the Frustrating Mysteries, the Unfair Mysteries, and finally the Impossible Mysteries. Maybe someday I’ll include them all in a book, if it seems the world could use them.
The Impossible Mysteries seem especially significant in our community today. You’re welcome to compile your own, but these are the ones I pray. The First Impossible Mystery: The great and scary sickness will be banished from the earth soon. The Second Impossible Mystery: Everybody who wants a job can find one. The Third Impossible Mystery: Republicans and Democrats learn to work together with respect. The Fourth Impossible Mystery: White privilege will come to an end, and people of every color can live in peace. The Fifth Impossible Mystery: Global citizens take climate change to heart and rescue the earth in time.
Are these really so impossible? They don’t have to be.
reprinted with permission from TrueQuest Communications