- Sunday September 3: New Self Blooming
- Slowly re-read these passages aloud in the manner of Lectio Divina, hearing and feeling them in your body and senses. Gaze upon the image. What speaks to your heart? What is being called forth?
You may wish to re-read the full refection here: https://mailchi.mp/coutreach/word-of-the-week-sept2
As “traditional” Catholic, I have found that Thomas’ Mystery of Christ has been enormously helpful for me in the task of moving through my childish faith and practice to an ever deepening and more mature one.
Following a leisurely first acquaintance of this week’s WoW this phrase “In contemplation we meet our shared poverty and vulnerability in the one heart of God in center to center oneness”, caught my attention, almost anticipatory attention: shared poverty and vulnerability. My egoic self longs for, needs to embrace this shared dimension, center to center in the heart of God. Great joy rises from deep, deep within as , now, is it erasing my poor me egoic self or is it liberating my egoic self? And so, I consent as part of a consenting cohort to the presence and action of the Indwelling Spirit as I begin this week.
Initially avoiding the image: Ecstasy of the lilies, yet drawn to it. Lillies are one of the triggers for a major migraine, and yet there was a serenity, the vast blue- then a revelatory connection, the title: New Self Blooming and Franciscan “ego poverty”. It is only in embracing my ego poverty that the “me” that is the Image of God, blossoms, totally the work of the Indwelling Spirit. It is this Indwelling Spirit in charge of my “New Self Blooming”. I fall into a deep sigh….
What is being called forth? “Mindful participation in the evolutionary desire for harmony and wholeness…”, starting with myself. When I am mindful of triggers to my emotional programs for happiness, I can respond (or ignore) them. When I allow the triggers free reign, I react. I have found over the years my “reactions” edify no one. My responses in love have the potential for harmony and wholeness. Moving forward with “mindfulness as my guide.” <3 linda
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