- Sunday September 25: Love is a Daily Practice
- At the end of each day, reflect on the seeds sown in thought, word, deed, and the state of your heart. Without judgement, what do you learn? What new intention do you wish for each day? Practice the Welcoming Prayer with any sensations or emotions that arise.
- What would love as a daily practice look like for you?
You may read the entire email reflection here: https://mailchi.mp/coutreach/word-of-the-week-sept25
Many threads. A friend observed that she had initially indicted the rich man. She then realized that she had just driven in her air conditioned car past scores of people living on the sidewalk in 117 degree heat. The film, The US and the Holocaust, painfully shows the consequences of treating Jews – or native Americans – or people of color – or anyone seen as different – as “other”. Genocide comes in many forms and in many time periods. And it begins in our hearts – in the rich man’s heart – when we fail to see our common humanity, our shared divinity. This week may I be alert to the ways in which I exclude “the other” Today begins a novena honoring St Francis whose feast day is October 4. Francis kissed the leper as a way of reconciling himself with “the other”. He saw all creation as his sisters and brothers (Brother Sun, Sister Moon).. Many threads. Much to contemplate.
As I begin praying this week’s theme, another theme is surfacing: the chasm of indifference. My question and challenge, “my capacity to be the home of love”. In the next 6 weeks or so I am part of a discernment process where indifference and entitlement are deeply rooted in spite of everyone’s good intentions.
As I start to pray about the theme for this week, another theme comes up: the chasm of indifference. My question and challenge is, “How can I be the place where love lives?” In the next 6 weeks or so, I’ll be part of mario games process to figure out how to deal with indifference and a sense of entitlement, even though everyone wants to do the right thing.
Sunday September 25: Love is a Daily Practice
With a week’s reflection in my heart, what I learned my choice to love is often hindered by my choice to be unloving. I cannot yet unify my capacity to love as well as my capacity to unlove. Somehow it almost seems easier to show mercy than it is to truly love. My intention moving forward is “Mercy, lead me to love.” <3 linda
This week the challenge/revelation ” to have the capacity to be the home of love”, was accepting an apology when none was offered; purgatory is here and now. What a wonderful/lifesaving companion: the welcome prayer. Though not one of our readings this week, I am grateful for the reading from the book of Job from this week’s common lectionary; Job and I Kindred spirits!
We have been talking about people caring for each other, so why is it practice love instead of care about others? It is because love is the deepest kind of caring you can have for another. Love gets the most commitment. Love builds the strongest relationship bonds. Slope Unblocked
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