If you were ever the new kid on the block, in the classroom, on the team, and remember how you just wanted to fit in... Or if you ever loved from afar and dreamed of being with a person who seemed too good, too beyond you and your clumsy efforts, and can remember how you just wanted to be close and somehow you just did not know how to do it... Or if ever you were all alone, far from home and had to eat in a restaurant by yourself at a teeny table and longed for family, someone familiar, a friend, the warmth of home and table, then perhaps you get a glimpse of what God is trying to do in the Incarnation. It as if for ages God had been trying to get closer, longing for intimacy with each of us, longing to be ordinary and hidden in our midst. Finally in Christ Jesus, God's desire for intimacy with humankind takes flesh. In Jesus God gives Everything, indeed His very Self.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Let us go to this Kitchen always.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Monday, November 16, 2020
Andrea del Verrocchio, Christ and Saint Thomas, bronze, 1483, Orsanmichele, Florence.
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Photograph by Brother Daniel.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
We face adversity as we look ahead to the remaining weeks of 2020. We are so often disheartened by the divisions in our nation and our Church. And we are distressed by ongoing inequities based on race, ethnicity, and national origin. We have seen the dangerous impact of climate change in floods and fires. We are concerned about our sisters and brothers who have lost jobs and homes. We are frightened and distressed by the grim statistics of a surging pandemic – so much suffering, so many deaths. The tensions in the air have impacted us all even in the cloister. We try to continue in patience and charity. And we praise and thank God for the self-sacrifice of so many healthcare workers and people of goodwill everywhere.
May we all be attentive to the unexpected graces that God will bestow on us during these trying times. As we look ahead, let us be mindful that with vaccines and therapeutics progressing, there’s every reason to hope. On this Saturday of Our Lady, we entrust our cares to her motherly protection.
Drawing by Leonardo. Message adapted from a text by Joseph O'Keefe, SJ.