Tuesday, July 2, 2013

seeking: as good as seeing

Antigua, Guatemala
Guatemala

I’m sorry for the radio silence.  

Tons going on, all of it packed with much to process, emotionally, spiritually—and you know how long it takes me to do that!

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  
~Philippians 4:6-7
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“You do well to devote yourself vigorously and, as it were, uniquely to the excellent practice of a complete self-abandonment to the will of God. Therein lies for you the whole of perfection; it is the easiest road and leads soonest and most surely to a deep and unalterable peace; it is also a sure guarantee of the preservation of that peace in the depth of our soul through the most furious tempests. The soul that truly abandons itself to God has nothing to fear from the most violent storms. Far from doing it any hurt, they will infallibly serve not only to increase its merits, but also to establish it more and more firmly in that union of its own will with the divine will which renders the tranquility of the soul invariable.” 
~Jean-Pierre de Caussade, SJ 
(as quoted in Magnificat, July 2, 2013)
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“Frequently I think about how important it is to know how to experience moments of pain, suffering, rejection, loneliness, failure, disappointment, and betrayal. These moments are all part of human life because they are part of human reality… We must develop our capacity to suffer and simultaneously, to offer up this pain. To do this, it is necessary to tell God, to cry out to God, about our suffering, kneeling with our eyes fixed on the crucifix. We must develop this mentality, this way of confronting life, so that when we encounter the cross, we do not trivialize, diminish, or strip away the value of this precious moment in which Jesus allows us to share the pain of His cross, by giving us a splinter. Pain is part of human life. We must nut run away from it, cheapen it by venting about it to others superficially!” 
~Mother Elvira Petrozzi (as quoted in Magnificat, July 1 2013)
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“Seeking is as good as seeing during the time God lets the soul labour” 
~Julian of Norwich
Guatemala
my wild flower garden