By: Sr. Gloria
These contemporary times are offering us much too much by way of conflict. One is reluctant to follow the news, but one wants to know what is going on. So we conclude that we must deepen our faith and pray more sincerely, and find a positive way…..
When we calm down, we know that our inner awareness is always evolving. Let’s consider some various wisdom sharings by other spiritual seekers.
“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” Abraham Joshua Heschel
“The interior experience of God’s presence (through prayer) activates one’s capacity to experience God in everything else – in people, in events, in nature.” Thomas Keating
“By reason of His immensity, God is present everywhere; but there are two places where He dwells in a particular manner. One is the highest heavens, where He is present by that glory which He communicates to the blessed; the other is on earth – within the humble soul that loves Him.” St. Alphonsus Liguori
“One of the most important —– and most neglected —– elements in the beginnings of the interior life is the ability to respond to reality, to see the value and the beauty in ordinary things, to come alive to the splendor that is all around us in the creatures of God. We do not see these things because we have withdrawn from them. Thomas Merton in “No Man is an Island.”
“God is not ashamed of the lowliness of human beings. God marches right in. He chooses people as his instruments and performs his wonders where one would least expect them. God is near to lowliness; he loves the lost, the neglected, the unseemly, the excluded, the weak and broken.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“If you become Christ’s you will stumble upon wonder upon wonder, and every one of them is true.” St. Brendan of Birr
“Throughout salvation history God calls people to play a part in the story of God’s love.” Sr. Kathryn Hermes, FSP
“……offering our lives to the work of the Holy Spirit in this world…..” Dominican Praise
What shall we do?