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Thursday, September 30, 2010

A New Prayer of St. Francis

A New Prayer of St. Francis
O God our Creator, give us awareness of the massive forces threatening our world.
Where there is armed conflict, let us stretch our arms to our brothers and sisters
Where there is abundance, let there be simple lifestyles and sharing
Where there is poverty, let there be dignity and constant striving for justice
Where there is selfish ambition, let there be humble service
Where there is despair, let their be hope in the Good News
Where there are wounds of division, let there be unity and wholeness
Help us to be committed to the building of your kingdom, not seeking to be cared for, but to care, not expecting to be served, but to serve others, not desiring material security but placing our security in your love.
For it is in loving imitation of you, God, that we can discover the healing springs of life to bring about new birth on our earth and hope for the world. Amen

As I mentioned yesterday, I am away for two weeks. I shall pray for all at the shrine of St. Philippine in St. Charles where I shall be for four days which include a workshop on working with youth; I shall then have a week to do research in our general archives in St. Louis. The following week end I will finally get to go to Sugar Creek where Philippine went with others to work with the Indians. Lucille Mathevon was the superior of that little group and stayed on the Indian mission until her death. I have always wanted to go and it will be like a pilgrimage for me and I am excited about it! I will be back on the blog at least by October 15 and may be able to write before that but it is usually better to think that I will be away for two weeks and not writing the daily blog. The above prayer will help you prepare for the Feast of St. Francis.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Feast of St. Michael Archangel

I had to at least remind you of St. Michael's feast today; October 2nd is the feast of all the angels. It is my mother's birthday and I used to send my Guardian Angel to be with her on that day.
I leave today for two weeks. I shall pray for all at the shrine of St. Philippine in St. Charles where I shall be for four days which include a workshop on working with youth; I shall then have a week to do research in our general archives in St. Louis. The following week end I will finally get to go to Sugar Creek where Philippine went with others to work with the Indians. Lucille Mathevon was the superior of that little group and stayed on the Indian mission until her death. I have always wanted to go; it will be like a pilgrimage for me and I am excited about it! I will be back on the blog at least by October 15 and may be able to write before that but it is usually better to think that I will be away for two weeks and not writing the daily blog. However, I have prepared one for tomorrow to help prepare the Feast of Francis on October 4.
Now, for what I have promised on the third modality of doing from Tolle. We have looked at how acceptance is necessary to give us peace in all that we do and do not like to do; enjoyment is necessary for all and we come to this with the peace that comes from acceptance that leads us to enjoy what we are doing (at least most of the time) and the joy comes from within us. Then Tolle speaks of enthusiasm.

"Enthusiasm means there is deep enjoyment in what you do plus the added element of a goal or vision that you work toward. when you add a goal to the enjoyment of what you do, the energy-field or vibrational frequency changes. A certain degree of what we might call structural tension is now added to enjoyment, and so it turns into enthusiasm. At the height of creative activity fueled by enthusiasm, there will be enormous intensity and energy behind what you do. You will feel like an arrow that is moving toward the target--and enjoying the journey."

Tolle says that it is when you want to arrive at your goal more than you want to be doing what you are doing, you become stressed - that is not good. Tolle says that the word enthusiasm comes from the ancient Greek meaning God and the related word means to be possessed by God. He says that with enthusiasm "you will find that you don't have to do it all by yourself."

I am going to continue reflecting on my acceptance of tasks I do not like but are part of daily life and try to concentrate on finding joy within at every moment by living in the present and let enthusiasm help me to do whatever God is asking me. Let us pray for one another!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


There must be a bridge between Acceptance and Enjoyment. I find Tolle's idea that acceptance brings peace and then when we are at peace we begin to enjoy what we are doing, a bridge between the two. Here is what Tolle says: "When you make the present moment, instead of past and future, the focal point of your life, your ability to enjoy what you do--and with it the quality of your life--increases dramatically. Joy is the dynamic aspect of Being. When the creative power of the universe becomes conscious of itself, it manifests as joy."

He also says that there is more meaning in joy than we will ever need so we do not need to wait to enjoy what we do. I guess I often am not living in the present and so miss the opportunity to really enjoy what I am doing! Then Tolle reminds us that the joy does not come from what we do; "it flows into what you do and thus into the world from deep within you."

Again, this is learning to be attentive, to live in the present and we will enjoy what we are doing. The joy of Being is the joy of being conscious.

"I am the hole in the flute that the Christ's breath moves through. Listen to this music." Hafiz, the 14th century Persian poet and Sufi master- quoted by Tolle.

Monday, September 27, 2010


Yesterday I mentioned acceptance as one of Tolle's three modalities. He says that whatever we cannot enjoy doing can at least be accepted. It means that whatever I have to do, I do willingly. He gives the example of changing a flat tire in pouring rain- it is not something that you enjoy; it is not something to be enthusiastic about, but you need to do it and can do it with acceptance - that means that you are at peace while you do it. Tolle says that if you can neither enjoy or bring acceptance to what you do, you should stop. Otherwise you are not taking responsibility for your state of consciousness. And, according to Tolle, "if you are not taking responsibility for your state of consciousness, you are not taking responsibility for life."

I will write about the second modality, enjoyment, tomorrow.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Something to think about...

I love the trees in this picture. They seem bent in Adoration. It is a quiet Sunday morning here and without any reason I picked up a book that has been on my bookshelf for some time and I vaguely remember buying it and dipping into it; I am sure I did not really read it, but bought the book because it is by Eckhart Tolle. He wrote the bestseller "The Power of Now" and he has been an influence on contemporary spirituality. His book "A New Earth:P Awakening to Your Life's Purpose" continues to show how important it is for us to transcend ego-based state of consciousness to attain happiness. As I said above, I do not think I read the entire book, but opened it to a part I liked enough today to share with you. Tolle is speaking about three modalities of awakened doing. He says:
"There are three ways in which consciousness can flow into what you do and thus into your world, three modalities in which you can align your life with the creative power of the universe. Modality means the underlying energy-frequency that flows into what you do and connects your actions with the awakened consciousness that is emerging into this world. What you do will be dysfunctional and of the ego unless it arises out of one of these three modalities...Each modality is appropriate to certain situations."

I hope you are now very curious to know the three modalities of awakened doing. They are acceptance, enjoyment, and enthusiasm. We should always be operating from one of these no matter what we are doing during the day. He says, "If you are not in the state of either acceptance, enjoyment, or enthusiasm, look closely and you will find that you are creating suffering for yourself and others."

I will continue with this tomorrow as I find it rather interesting and helpful but need to put it into my own words.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

More rain!

Another rainy day! It is a Saturday and I suspect we are all glad to be able to stay home and work inside. The children may not want to stay in and I remember how we used to chant: "Rain, rain, go away, come another day" so we could get out to play! I really do not remember all of that "chant" but at school we were allowed to sing in our silent ranks when praying for good weather for a special event. I have always loved rain when I can stay inside; driving in the rain in Miami is not something I enjoy. The sun has baked the oil into the pavement and so one can easily hydroplane on the highways and so there are accidents because your car keeps going even when you try to brake. Enough about the weather but I will say it is going to help me to clean out my closet today since I am staying home!

Yesterday, amid all the rain, I did go to the University as we were having a reception, a dinner, and a biblical lecture on St. John's Gospel. I love John's Gospel and enjoyed the lecture but what struck me again in prayer this morning was how Jesus tells us to "love one another as I have loved you." We must love with the love of Jesus as otherwise it would be impossible for us to love others as Jesus loves us for his love is infinite, unconditional, and universal; however, we must strive to be so united to Jesus that it is his love that passes through us to others. He went out of his way to help others, to serve them, and his compassion and love is shown over and over in the Gospels. May his love pass freely through me to others.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Stormy Weather

We are watching another possible hurricane come our way. God has been protecting us during hurricane season so far and I cannot complain about stormy weather as long as the winds do not turn the storms into hurricanes. Yesterday we had rain and today only a shower of early morning rain. We have new plants in the front of the house that need to be watered as the rain does not reach them as the roof protects them. I will water them again. I made chicken vegetable soup last night as it is good to have for this stormy weather in spite of the heat outside. I like to prepare something for the week end as we do not cook on Saturday and Sunday but just "pick up" whatever we find. I guess I am the one who tries to make sure that there is something "to find" in our refrigerator.

I am not really writing to prepare Sunday liturgy because I have found so many places that do a great job with commentaries on the Sunday readings. Some of these are listed on the right side of the blog. I would call your attention to the blog, the Concord Pastor. If you click on the picture of the Bible in the blog you will find several excellent commentaries on the Sunday gospel. I am sure you will enjoy doing this and learn a great deal.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Each of us has a mission...called to change the world

Yesterday I quoted both John Henry Newman and Benedict XVI and these lines are still worth reflecting on today:
"Each of us has a mission, each of us is called to change the world, to work for a culture of life, a culture forged by love and respect for the dignity of each human person. As our Lord tells us in the Gospel we have just heard, our light must shine in the sight of all, so that, seeing our good works, they may give praise to our heavenly Father (cf. Mt 5:16)."

Do I really believe that I am called to change the world? Yes, I think I do, but maybe it is not something that will be seen on the outside. I firmly believe I have a mission and that mission is to make known the love of Christ for the entire world. If we are all united in the love of God, the world would be changed. I guess I am also thinking that all of us are united as Jesus told us - He is the Vine and we are the branches.

My reflection is triggered by my reading yesterday. I finished a book about World War II and also read a book on spiritual friendship. Both made me realize how it is important to give God's love to each.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"God has created me to do Him some definite service"

This is a bit of Pope Benedict's speech the night before the Mass to declare Cardinal John Henry Newman blessed:

"Tonight’s first reading is the magnificent prayer in which Saint Paul asks that we be granted to know “the love of Christ which surpasses all understanding” (Eph 3:14-21). The Apostle prays that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith (cf. Eph 3:17) and that we may come to “grasp, with all the saints, the breadth and the length, the height and the depth” of that love. Through faith we come to see God’s word as a lamp for our steps and light for our path (cf. Ps 119:105). Newman, like the countless saints who preceded him along the path of Christian discipleship, taught that the “kindly light” of faith leads us to realize the truth about ourselves, our dignity as God’s children, and the sublime destiny which awaits us in heaven. By letting the light of faith shine in our hearts, and by abiding in that light through our daily union with the Lord in prayer and participation in the life-giving sacraments of the Church, we ourselves become light to those around us; we exercise our “prophetic office”; often, without even knowing it, we draw people one step closer to the Lord and his truth. Without the life of prayer, without the interior transformation which takes place through the grace of the sacraments, we cannot, in Newman’s words, “radiate Christ”; we become just another “clashing cymbal” (1 Cor 13:1) in a world filled with growing noise and confusion, filled with false paths leading only to heartbreak and illusion.

One of the Cardinal’s best-loved meditations includes the words, “God has created me to do him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another” (Meditations on Christian Doctrine). Here we see Newman’s fine Christian realism, the point at which faith and life inevitably intersect. Faith is meant to bear fruit in the transformation of our world through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in the lives and activity of believers. No one who looks realistically at our world today could think that Christians can afford to go on with business as usual, ignoring the profound crisis of faith which has overtaken our society, or simply trusting that the patrimony of values handed down by the Christian centuries will continue to inspire and shape the future of our society. We know that in times of crisis and upheaval God has raised up great saints and prophets for the renewal of the Church and Christian society; we trust in his providence and we pray for his continued guidance. But each of us, in accordance with his or her state of life, is called to work for the advancement of God’s Kingdom by imbuing temporal life with the values of the Gospel. Each of us has a mission, each of us is called to change the world, to work for a culture of life, a culture forged by love and respect for the dignity of each human person. As our Lord tells us in the Gospel we have just heard, our light must shine in the sight of all, so that, seeing our good works, they may give praise to our heavenly Father (cf. Mt 5:16).

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A New Path

I love this picture as it is a real invitation to walk down this lovely, shady path. There is a street near me that has branches overhanging much of it and the cool shade is always welcome; Miami has many streets where the branches of the trees on either side meet and make a green arch and I sometimes go out of my way to drive down one of them. Now, in the spiritual life we are often invited to try a new path. Are we attentive and do we willingly set out to see where it will lead us? I suspect that when we are sure that our Good Shepherd is inviting us down a particular path we respond with trust and love, but we need to make sure we hear his voice as he calls us by name.

My vision is, according to the doctor, fine and the eye will be clear again by the end of the week. I hope my spiritual vision is fine, too.

Monday, September 20, 2010

What a gift we have with vision

I suppose you could talk about vision in many ways that would be quite spiritual. I am just using it this morning to refer to our eyes. We are able to see so much beauty and often forget to thank for it. I should begin by apologizing for not writing yesterday. It has to do with vision and also that my community use the computer on week ends. I woke up Saturday morning with my left eye all red. It just happened and I do not know why but have a doctor's appointment this morning. In the meantime, I tried to not use it as much as I usually do.
This triggered many interior pictures that I hold in my memory and led me to reflect on what a gift this pictorial vision is for each of us.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Happiness is something we all want...

I just read this that Pope Benedict XVI said to the school children in England on Friday morning- it is just an excerpt:
"Happiness is something we all want, but one of the great tragedies in this world is that so many people never find it, because they look for it in the wrong places. The key to it is very simple – true happiness is to be found in God. We need to have the courage to place our deepest hopes in God alone, not in money, in a career, in worldly success, or in our relationships with others, but in God. Only he can satisfy the deepest needs of our hearts.

Not only does God love us with a depth and an intensity that we can scarcely begin to comprehend, but he invites us to respond to that love. You all know what it is like when you meet someone interesting and attractive, and you want to be that person’s friend. You always hope they will find you interesting and attractive, and want to be your friend. God wants your friendship. And once you enter into friendship with God, everything in your life begins to change. As you come to know him better, you find you want to reflect something of his infinite goodness in your own life. You are attracted to the practice of virtue. You begin to see greed and selfishness and all the other sins for what they really are, destructive and dangerous tendencies that cause deep suffering and do great damage, and you want to avoid falling into that trap yourselves. You begin to feel compassion for people in difficulties and you are eager to do something to help them. You want to come to the aid of the poor and the hungry, you want to comfort the sorrowful, you want to be kind and generous. And once these things begin to matter to you, you are well on the way to becoming saints."

Friday, September 17, 2010

One feels small walking this path

My thoughts are still on following the path where Our Lord leads us and walks with us. It is different for each but what is important is that we set out and keep on the path and we will know which is the right one for us. I was talking with students at the University today after the Mass of the Holy Spirit. These were full of enthusiasm for college life this year. The group had all the leaders present and identified by the color of their shirts: student government, residence hall assistants, campus ministers, etc. Also present were all the athletic teams and they stayed together. I thought that most of these young men and women were just setting out on a path that would lead them through many places before they reached the end of their journeys. It was good to see them so full of optimism and joy. I think I had forgotten how it felt to be exploring new paths when not yet out of the teens. Actually, I entered the Society of the Sacred Heart two weeks after my 19th birthday so I guess I was setting out into the unknown just trusting the Lord and His Love. It has been a path full of many joys and graces mixed with some tough moments but I am grateful for all.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Walking New Paths

I had a long and fruitful meeting today with friends; some of us have been meeting monthly for the last twenty-two years. One said today that she had decided to celebrate her 70th birthday by giving herself a gift of doing 70 things that she had never done before! I thought that is a wonderful idea and I am beginning today to try to experience 80 new things before my 80th birthday next May. The trick is to reflect each day on what is really new and write it down.

The picture has a garden with paths; we all are on the path to sanctity and each is so different. One must respect the path of each and yet travel one's own path in great freedom. My path leads me into the Heart of Christ.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

I talked about this feast a few days ago as it is special for me. In Chile, when I was the head of the grade school, There was a huge statue, probably larger than life-size, outside my office. It was Our Lady of Sorrows and on the wall above her was a large bronze crucifix. When the earthquake of 1965 struck our convent the crucifix fell on the statue of Our Lady and smashed it to pieces. It was the first thing I saw as I carefully came up the steps. It is still a vivid picture after all these years. My office was all torn up with the books hurled from the bookcases. Worse still was my bedroom: the bed was covered with adobe bricks that had come from the wall! And I was one who never ran out at night when we felt tremors! The navy sent some men who declared the entire convent unsafe and they brought our beds down and set them up in the children's dining room and sixteen of us slept there for a long time. There was no water and no electricity for weeks but we managed and I think it was Our Lady who helped us during that time.

Tonight I was going somewhere with one of my community and a young man in shorts and sandals on a motorbike sung out in front of us and then proceeded to cross a very big, busy intersection without waiting for the light! We see crazy driving in Miami everyday, but this was unbelievable. He just seemed to think that all the cars would manage to miss him as he crossed six lanes of rush-hour traffic! He made it to the other side safely and must have caused his Guardian Angel to have some anxious moments.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross

Today is the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross, a liturgical feast that has been celebrated since the early centuries in the East. It commemorates the finding of the true Cross by St. Helen, the mother of the Emperor Constantine. Rome adopted the feast in the seventh century and now the feast commemorates both the dedication of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 335 and Christ's victory over death by his crucifixion and resurrection.

Monday, September 13, 2010

I am letting the picture be my reflection today; actually, it is night and the day just went by so fast and now I am trying to do many things and it is good to just imagine the stillness of the water and the silence.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Our Lady of Sorrows

All feasts of Our Lady are powerful. I went to Maryville College of the Sacred Heart (before it was moved to St. Louis county and became a university) and the old building had a special chapel on the community side of the house dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows. Her feast day, September 15, has always been special in the Society of the Sacred Heart and we were allowed to visit this rather dark little chapel on her feast. I have found Our Lady always very present to me during times of sorrow and wanted to write about her today. The feast is Wednesday and I want to prepare for it by looking back over my life and seeing the times Mary, Mother of Sorrows, has been present to me. I remember seeing her once, I suppose I had a dream, and she was standing at the foot of the Cross and crying. Tears were streaming down her face and I knew that she had come to let me know that it was quite permissible to cry and to grieve but to stay standing at the foot of the Cross. This is still a vivid image for me and has often helped me.

I received this quote from one of our earlier Mother Generals, Mother Vincente, in the Sunday virtual prayer community weekly reflection on the Sunday readings;I like it and feel that you will, too.

"Finally, the Heart of Jesus is our consolation...In our doubts, in our temptations, after our faults, in our troubles...let us go to Him...let us open our hearts and speak of all that we love and regreat. If we open our hearts to Jesus, He will open His own to us..." (Taken from a letter of May 3, 1935 but so apt for me today!).
Mary always points me to Jesus.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Spirit Seeking Light and Beauty

I may have shared Mother Stuart's song; the words are hers and so beautiful that I am copying them here for you.

Spirit seeking light and beauty,
Heart still longing for your rest
In your search for understanding,
Only thus can you be blest,
Through the vastness of creation,
Though your restless thought may roam,
God is all that you can long for,
God is all creation's home.

Taste and see God, feel and hear God,
Hope and grasp the unseen hand;
Though the darkness seem to hide you,
Faith and love can understand.
Loving Wisdom, guiding Spirit,
All our hearts are made anew.
Lead us through the land of shadows
'Til we come to rest in you.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Jesus seeks the lost sheep

I often identify with the stray lamb that just wanders away looking for something that would satisfy his present desire; instead he or she finds herself lost, perhaps caught in a bramble, unable to free herself. Then Jesus comes to find her. He frees her and carries her tenderly home. I love the image of Jesus carrying the lamb because I think that is exactly what Jesus does for each of us. We wander away, get caught and are unable to save ourselves and then Jesus comes and frees us with love.

I am grateful for the many times Jesus has come after me; for the desire he gives me to be with him and, above all, for the love which frees me and carries me home. I think each time we receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation we should be filled with gratitude that Jesus is seeking us, finding us no matter how far we have strayed, and then carrying us home.

This Sunday we have three parables in the Gospel. All end with great rejoicing because what was lost was found! Let us rejoice that we are unique and loved and the Lord rejoices each time we turn to him as he loves us with an infinite love.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Father Waits for our Return

This Sunday's Gospel is about the Father of the Prodigal, the Shepherd that leaves 99 sheep to go look for the lost one, and the woman who rejoices when she finally finds her lost coin. The short form omits the story of the Prodigal son whose Father is out watching for his return and then gives a party to welcome him. I fear that I identify sometimes with the older son who resents all the fuss for the one who has left home and lived rather badly. He thinks that he has been there faithfully fulfilling his duties and why is the party not being given for him? I think the Good Shepherd is always looking for the lost sheep and knows that the others are safe. It is helpful to realize that I am often the lost sheep and Jesus is there to rescue me and bring me home.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Our Lady's Birthday

Birthdays are always special and I think that it is good to give Mary a gift on her birthday. She usually lets us know what she would like from us and she knows best what we need. She was the one that told Jesus "They have no wine" at the Wedding Feast so that the newly married couple would not be embarrassed with the lack. She knows what we are lacking and is prompt to tell Jesus so we get the help we need. She is always present in our lives to console us, comfort us, and strengthen us. So, what can I give her tomorrow that will please her on her birthday? I need to pray about this as I know Mary will let me know what she wants from me.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Something Different to Reflect On Today


The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year,
to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.
This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units.
This defect has been technically termed "Sub-sequential Internal Non-Morality," or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.

Some of the symptoms include:
1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion in the mental component
7. Fearfulness
8. Idolatry
9. Rebellion

The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this defect.

The Repair Technician, JESUS, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost
of these repairs. There is no additional fee required. The number to call for repair in all areas is:

Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure.

Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component.

No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:
1. Love
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Patience
5. Kindness
6. Goodness
7. Faithfulness
8. Gentleness
9. Self control

Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes.

WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded. For free emergency service, call on Jesus.

DANGER: The human being units not responding
to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility.
Thank you for your attention!


P.S. Please assist where possible by notifying others of this important recall notice, and you may contact the Father any time by 'Knee mail'!

Because He Lives

Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day

I am rather mixed up or at least my blog is as Tuesday was posted before Monday and now I am posting again on Monday as it is Labor Day and I woke up early. It is raining, but we are going out for breakfast as we are having our community planning week end and also have no air-conditioning. Ours just stopped on Friday night so we are not doing all the clearing out that we might have managed without the heat. It has not been too bad as we have had some clouds. Anyway, it is Labor Day and that means that most take off to have a play day.

The true meaning of our journey

I found this at the end of a book I received in the mail yesterday and it seems to be good for this time of year when we are beginning new things and planning our community life. The book is Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship. It is by Mary DeTurris Poust, Ave Maria Press, 2010.

So often this journey throught life
can feel like a daily struggle,
a race to accomplish more,
buy more, be more.
Today we pray for the wisdom
to take a step back and look
at the bigger picture.
The true meaning of our journey
is not about earthly things but about
matters of the heart
and longings of the spirit.
We open our arms to those companions
who join us on this pilgrimage of love.
We recognize that we are not meant
to walk this road one by one,
but side by side.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

How can one "hate" when told to love?

Today's Gospel has Jesus telling us that "unless you hate father, mother, wife, children and your very life" you cannot be his disciple. Hate is a strong word. The homily given by an Indian priest helped me to realize what Jesus meant. Since we are following tennis these days, he said that whenever Serena and Venus play each other, there is a moment of "hate" in the sense that they want to win badly and are going after the other with intensity and no love is evident at that moment. As soon as one wins, they are able to show their love for each other. The idea is that when Jesus calls, one puts everything else in second place. In the same Sunday Gospel Jesus tells us that each must take up his or her own cross and follow him or we cannot be his disciples. Then, a third time he tells us again that we cannot be his disciples if we do not give up all possessions. I think that Jesus is emphasizing the the Kingdom of God comes first and we follow him without clinging to anything.


Friday, September 3, 2010

What do you desire?

Jesus asks the blind man, "What do you want?" He asks us also. He is not asking what we want as far as material goods go, but what are our deepest desires. Am I in touch with what I really want? I think the Holy Spirit gives us the desires and then helps us to discover them. Sometimes they are hidden deep in our hearts and we are almost afraid to acknowledge the fact that we are longing to be loved, or to encounter Jesus in a more tangible way, or to be able to give his love to others, etc. I think we need to discover our desires and then not be afraid to pray for their realization.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Be Yourself

The following is a quote I opened to this morning from Benedictus by John O'Donohue:

The great law of life is to be yourself. Though this axiom sounds simple, it is often a difficult task. To be yourself, you have to learn how to become who you were dreamed to be. Each person has a unique destiny. To be born is to be chosen. There is something special that each of us has to do in the world. If someone else could do it, they would be here and not us. One of the fascinating questions is to decipher what one's destiny is. At the heart of each destiny is hidden a unique life-calling. What is it that you are called to do? In old-fashioned language: what is your vocation in life?

I like this quote because it is something I really believe. We are unique and each of us is called to give glory to God. I think, too, that there are callings within a vocation so we need to be attentive to what we are called to at different moments in life. Often our desires are clues to what the Holy Spirit is trying to call our attention to by giving us new longings.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Where Many Rivers Meet

A dear friend who is very supportive of me and of this blog sent me this today and I think you will like it, too.


The pull is so strong we will not believe
the drawing tide is meant for us,
I mean the gift, the sea,
the place where all the rivers meet.

Easy to forget,
how the great receiving depth
untamed by what we need
needs only what will flow its way.

Easy to feel so far away
and the body so old
it might not even stand the touch.

But what would that be like
feeling the tide rise
out of the numbness inside
toward the place to which we go
washing over our worries of money,
the illusion of being ahead,
the grief of being behind,
our limbs young
rising from such a depth?

What would that be like
even in this century
driving toward work with the others,
moving down the roads
among the thousands swimming upstream,
as if growing toward arrival,
feeling the currents of the great desire,
carrying time toward tomorrow?

Tomorrow seen today, for itself,
the sea where all the rivers meet, unbound,
unbroken for a thousand miles, the surface
of a great silence, the movement of a moment
left completely to itself, to find ourselves adrift,
safe in our unknowing, our very own,
our great tide, our great receiving, our

wordless, fiery, unspoken,
hardly remembered, gift of true longing.

~ David Whyte ~

(Where Many Rivers Meet)