If you dared look into the eyes of that stranger in front of you, could you remain silent?
A seemingly rhetorical question, but one in search of a simple yet unassailable answer.
Often that stranger is the very one reflected back to us when we are most vulnerable. That this confrontation might be revealed as arising from within may no longer seem extraordinary. But it can yet prove to be disconcerting and challenging.
We as bounded creatures can never be greater than our most limiting fears
As I write I am sitting—with no small degree of bemusement—in the tiny cabin of the Provençese sloop my fellow villagers have christened Le Blaireau. I am perfectly safe—and yet, in some ways I am no less a prisoner than if the Provençese lieutenant had carried me away. I cannot move the sloop, not by myself; I dare not leave it; and I am alone. It is some consolation that this is only for a time, and at least one of my friends will be returning in a day or so.
The bemusement comes from the singularity of my situation
Relevance is anything that both commands our attention and defines for us what is truly sacred.
We can find relevance through matters of little consequence to others. Alone, we might finally be open to transcribing some inner knowledge of who we are in a language that is perhaps not recognizable to anyone else.
But for most of us, relevance is where the evident self intersects with the communal breath. Each feeds off and sustains the other in a continuous cycle of rejection and conformity
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It began like most other days; I realized with great resignation that there were, as usual, many more items on my to-do list than hours and energy with which to complete them. And then, somehow, I remembered it was the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one of my all-time favorite Marian.Continue reading »Please visit Real Catholic Mom to read the full post.
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A day of mourning, a day of reckoning, a day of a celebration.
That we must one day come to terms with our great commission – indeed our legacy – is truly liberating.
The strongest among us will never successfully challenge even a single moment’s ebb and flow, the wisest surely do not want to.
And while our daily routine seemingly secures the inevitable, it is the singular route taken that wholly cements the eternal.
Yes, continue to engage the day with skepticism and caution and wariness
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