experience of being 'broken' changes him from having a blind and
self-satisfied heart to having a vulnerable and compassionate one. In
his vulnerability, Peter's weakness is transformed into power - the
power to love: 'Feed my lambs.'
becomes a 'rock', not a rock of personal strength, but one of weakness
and brokenness that allows God's strength and love to come to perfection
in him: 'When I am powerless, it is then that I am strong', he came to
realize, as St. Paul did.
From Our Experience of Creaturehood, a Reflection by Maureen Currie, rscj, United States
When you open your
eyes, the whole world comes into them. Each of you is one with the whole
world. You are nothing else than the whole world, the whole world is
nothing other than you. When you have no consciousness of self, the
whole world is yours.
Master Unmom, in Case 16 of the Mumonkan, The Gateless Gate
water, human life cannot sustain. But we can be overwhelmed by it,
overcome by it, founder and drown in it; or we can learn to be in it, to
breathe in it, to trust in it - both water and life. As newborns we
wail, our first lesson in adaptation, and so we continue, trusting ever
in the Divine, believing the promise of God, I am with you always,
God, You come into our lives from beginning to end: in the dawn of
anticipation; in the morning as life unfolds; in the noon days of
growth, with success and failure, fear and comfort; in the twilight of
harvesting with joy. Help us to be attentive to Your presence, and your
gifted-ness at each 'season of our life' so that we respond generously
and build your Kingdom of love. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
From Seasons of Our Life, a reflection by Maureen Currie, rscj, Canada
for Madeleine Sophie Barat was not just one virtue among many others
from which we might pick and choose; mutual love for her is the essence
of our lives; ... Mutual love, Sophie knew, was costly, but in the long
run she was convinced that a lack of charity was costlier still.
Yet in the midst of trial she could say: "Seek your sanctification in
bearing lovingly with all around you, in forgiving and excusing and not
dwelling on their faults. People in general are very little culpable in
God's eyes, and God sees more often weakness and not malice."