Reflections from the Treadmill #6

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Preparation

CrossTreadmill

By Karen Pullano

As it happened, I started doing a 21-day gut cleanse diet when I was fairly new to the treadmill. (We should definitely have a riveting discussion of gut flora and healthy bacteria some other time. 😉 ) Basically, the diet consists of vegetables and a little meat and more vegetables; little to no grains at all. I was feeling pretty good, if slightly hungry, but didn’t think much of it as I got on my treadmill about five days into the cleanse.
I knew the minute I started running that I would never make it to the end. I felt weak in my bones. I wasn’t properly fueled and, grace notwithstanding, my simple human body couldn’t do it. Even though I was rested, dressed in comfortable running clothes, and outfitted with top of the line running sneakers, I was weak and exhausted from the start because I had nothing in the tank to draw strength from. I was prepared in many ways, just not the most important way.

I think there is truly only one way you can prepare yourself for suffering. Taking the time and making the effort to grow in relationship with God now, will give you His strength to draw on in times of crisis (not to mention the awesomeness of simply being in a relationship with God!). I don’t want to mislead you into thinking that Loving God will keep you from suffering. To the contrary, suffering is suffering and it hurts, just like running will still hurt no matter how well prepared I am. When trials come, the temptation will be to seek any manner of worldly comforts and distractions, but those things will never truly walk you through the suffering step by step. In fact, they will more likely deceive you and keep you from seeing clearly.  A relationship with God will set you up for success ahead of time.

Building any relationship takes an investment of yourself.
Draw near to the Lord, getting to know Him and His Word. Let yourself be truly and deeply loved by Him in the sacraments. See and understand your deep need for Him and seek Him. Storms must come in this fallen world, but recognizing your deep need for God is the beginning of Wisdom. Together you will weather whatever comes your way.

The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek the LORD will praise him– may your hearts live forever! (ps 22:26)

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Welcome Dear Readers!

By way of introduction let me explain who I am and why I am here.  In case you are not familiar with my story my name is Karen Pullano and I am simply a wife and mother.  Before I was that, I was simply a child and daughter.  And before I was that I was a thought of God’s; desired, wanted, loved and created.  Before I was even a cell, I was a miracle.  Hardwired for greatness and given a saintly vocation.  To live. To love.

My husband Bill and I have 9 children, 7 of them daughters!  I have always questioned God’s wisdom in giving me any children, let alone 7 female ones, but boy have I learned.  A lot.  Our oldest daughter went home to be with Lord one year ago.  Our oldest son was diagnosed with a brain tumor six years ago and died when he was just 4 years old.  You can read more of those stories on my other blog Godversations.

Yes my husband is surrounded by a lot of ladies.  He is abundantly blessed and would be the first to say so but gosh is it awesome to have our Andrew! (he’s  8).  The girls in the house range in age from 6 months to 18 years now and as I grow in Wisdom and knowledge and a whole lot of grace I find myself saying quite often, “I wish someone had told me this or told me that”.  That certainly isn’t a slam against my own amazing Mom and Grandmother but no parent can ever teach and know everything.  Christ in His infinite wisdom knew that and gave us the church.  By that I mean, He started the actual church with Peter as our first Pope, but really He established the body of Christ by giving himself for believers.  We who share in the body of Christ are all one body though many parts.  We need each other.  Simply put, we don’t function well without each other.

And we all have a story don’t we? It’s the reason we are here.  Through our stories we learn.  In sharing with one another we grow in Wisdom.  Like the Tradition of the church (with a capital T) that helps form our dogma, Wisdom is handed down and passed on from mother to daughter, from friend to friend, from Godmother to Godchild, from mentor to child.  It is the stuff that can’t necessarily be known just from reading encyclicals or the catechism and yet it is still the wisdom of the church.  It makes saints out of sinners and we are all on a journey to it.  We’ve all started somewhere and no two women have exactly the same journey.  The wisdom of the church transcends time and place and vocation and income brackets and age and sexual orientation.  The wisdom of the church is for all women and, by extension, for Men.  Men complement us women perfectly and by design.  We can’t share the wisdom of the genius of womanhood without talking about the genius of manhood too.  (And that doesn’t mean that every woman must be yoked to a man but we’ll get to that wisdom.) More than anything, this blog needs to share wisdom in the context of true authentic church teaching because it comes straight from the hand of God.  It is His divine design and He has a place in it for every single thought He has ever breathed life into (you, me and all of creation!).

I’m so excited to get to know you all a little better.  In the comments please introduce yourself!  Tell me just a little piece of your story so we have a place to begin.  If you have a blog link it up.  Don’t be left out like the guests at the wedding feast.  You know how they were all invited but only a few came?  Turned out they missed something pretty big!  BIG!

‘So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ (Mt 22:9)

Let’s share Wisdom!