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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Depths of God

I have been praying over a passage in the Constitutions of the Society of the Sacred Heart that says:
The pierced Heart of Jesus
opens our being to the depths of God
and to the anguish of humankind

How does the pierced Heart of Jesus open my being to the depths of God?
I think this happens in prayer when I enter His pierced Heart. Then, I am plunged into the depths of God’s love and there I am open to the anguish of all peoples. God is love and can never be indifferent to suffering in our world.
I think that the pierced Heart of Jesus opens my being by piercing my heart with His love. This is what allows me to be drawn into the depths of God and from there contemplate the needs of so many who suffer, so many who are not loved, so many who feel they are alone in their anguish.

As Meister Eckhart once said: “You may call God love, you may call God goodness, but the best name for God is compassion.”

I do not always agree with Meister Eckhart but he is visiting my online course this week. Actually, we have seventeen medieval mystics chatting with one another and appearing in a collaborative exercise. It is very enlightening and one of the quotes that Meister Eckhart has shared with us is: “In the core of the Trinity the Father laughs and gives birth to the Son. The Son laughs back at the Father and gives birth to the Spirit. The whole Trinity laughs and gives birth to us.”

With that, I leave you with one last quote from Eckhart: “If the only prayer you say in your whole life is, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Helen,
Your last quote form MAster Eickart reminds me of a story about our dear late Sister KAthryn Sullivan. One of her colleaugues from Rome tells a sotry about seeing her at Mass each day. Whether he attended the 6AM Mass or the 8AM MAss Sr.Kathryn was always there. One day he asked her why. Her response was that there are two necessary prayers; Please and Thank you- the first takes care ofPlease and the second Thank You. That story ahs stuck in my mind and I thought it was wroth sharing. Thank you for giving me the opportunity. God bless you.
Cathy O'Conor