A candidate for monastic life who works with the disadvantaged and unemployed recently sent us the following: "Wounds, we are taught, are not to see the light of day. We dress them in any way that we can- with clothing, stories, personas. We are afraid of the unknown, of what the Light might bring, what myths may die or what so-called truths will be transformed." He included a verse by the Persian poet, Rumi: “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
Indeed, Jesus tells us, "I have not come to call the self-righteous but sinners," those who know their need for God, their desperate need for Light. Revealed to Jesus, our wounds and our woundedness become the places where the Light of Christ can shine forth from us.
Recent photograph of moonlight over the Abbey meadows by Charles O'Connor.