Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (“Wind, Sand & Stars”)
We have been fertilized by mysterious circumstances. We have, each one of us, had glimpses, however fleeting , of the Spirit. These moments, these flashes of light may leave us trembling, or feeling as if the ground under our feet has been shaken. And then, just as quickly, we find ourselves, like the disciples after the transfiguration, (Matt. 17) back to so-called normal. Are we meant to just go on with our lives?
But the word “just” has no meaning here; there is no “just ” in the divine creative unfolding of a human destiny. There is nothing small or insignificant about it. There is no way to honor it enough.
What do we do now? What do we do after we have been touched by the Spirit, through death, or birth, or other mysterious circumstances? As Shakespeare says in Henry VI, “Let us all to meditation.”
Meditation will bring us strength, compassionate will and clear insight in these weary times. Let us turn to the John Gospel: “In His Love there is no Fear.” We can allow these words to resonate in our hearts. There is no fear in love. From fear we turn. We engage our higher self. We learn to reach beyond our immediate circumstances, without disengaging from the world. We are gathering “material” for the world we want to see out of the substance of Love. Can we go so deep into our experience of love that fear loses its force?
This is the work before us. How much love can we manage?
by Carol Kelly