Several power-washes, plus surgeries to cut away the bad stuff, plus gallons of antibiotics have left me with a clean wound in my abdomen, approximately the size of the Grand Canyon. It gives me a very clear, simple, single priority: do exactly what is needed for healing. Keep watching for any sign of infection, and get rid of it instantly. Feed myself what will nourish; exercise to grow stronger; rely with immense gratitude on the communities that sustain me (starting with my husband and children). Stay awake in God's powerful presence, calling me forward.
During the same weeks, Pope Benedict announced his resignation and new tremors shook other parts of the church. Five years ago, who could have imagined a pope and a cardinal choosing to resign? Who could have imagined an archbishop setting limits on the public presence of the powerful cardinal who preceded him? It's really different from the 2004 promotion of Cardinal Bernard Law to Santa Maria Maggiore. It's different from the 2012 move of Archbishop Vigano out of the Vatican because he began to succeed in ferreting out financial abuses in the Vatican city-state.
Could the Holy Spirit be leading a power-wash of the church?
The first step is to open things up and let the infections become visible. That's been underway for more than a decade, but the hierarchy never seemed to comprehend. Now, suddenly, powerful clerics are acknowledging horrible infections, past and present, that threaten the future. Will there be enough honesty and humility and courage to accept the pain - so many kind of pain - of a power-wash that will expose and clean out systemic and personal infections?
The current chaotic avalanche of unexpected fissures gives me more hope than anything I've seen in years. Protecting the old "order" was never the right choice; terrible things fester in darkness and silence. Let the wounds be opened up. Expose them to the power-wash of the Spirit's wild and unpredictable challenges and graces.
In the current chaos, "the truth shall set us free" if we use LCWR's navigation tools that have served for centuries and can be as a compass for these times: contemplation, prophetic voice, solidarity with the marginalized, community, non-violence, and joyful hope.