Voices 37: Sr. Emmanuel Parle, South Africa

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Maybe when someone does something that I don’t approved of and that I get impatient with, just to stop and turn to him and say ‘Lord, we’re not all made the same way. This is how God made me; this is how God made her. Thanks!’  It’s opened me up to appreciating some of the writings of the mystics – Julian of Norwich who says, ‘I am within you, holding you in love.’ And Elizabeth of the Trinity who says, ‘God is always praying within you. He’s just waiting for you!’


Quizá cuando alguien hace algo que no apruebo y me impaciento, solo tengo que detenerme y volverme hacia él y decir ‘Señor, no estamos todos hechos de la misma manera. Así es como Dios me hizo; así es como Dios lo hizo. Gracias!’. Me ha abierto a apreciar algunas de las obras de los místicos – Juliana de Norwich, que dice ‘Estoy dentro de ti, abrazándote con amor’. E Isabel de la Trinidad que dice, ‘Dios siempre está orando en tu interior. Solamente te está esperando!’.