Some themes emerge for me:
Walking humbly vs. striding boldly. (What's my usual preference? What is LCWR modeling right now?)
Flow vs. choice (My preferences, and LCWR's example, re moving with the situation or intervening in the situation.)
Timing. (To every thing there is a season....)
Personal and communal discernment
“Right action" and "right inaction" (I knew the Buddhist path of right action, but have just named the idea of right inaction.)
Discernment and action/inaction connect closely for me. I’ve become more deeply aware of the loveliness of (1) doing my own work in prayerful attentiveness to reality and openness to possibilities AND AT THE SAME TIME (2) sharing those perceptions with a few others I totally trust, in utter confidence that they will take in what I see and share what they see and IN THAT COMMUNAL PROCESS we will see something closer to truth and beauty – and right action. A huge step has been openness to INACTION as right action sometimes.
That awareness leads toward:
Presence: within boundaries and beyond boundaries - and
In this context, I often turn to a quote from the Irish Jesuits’ website Sacred Space (which I have come to love over the past year):
“If someone asked you to give them another word for 'God', you could use the word 'Presence', for that is what God is. When Moses asked Yahweh his name, Yahweh replied, 'I am who am' and this means 'I am present'. God is really saying, 'I shall be there for you.' God is intimately present to everything, and especially to us. Jesus's name is Emmanuel, which means 'God is with us'. Matthew's Gospel ends with the marvelous statement: Know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.” (From Finding God in All Things by Brian Grogan, SJ.)
And so I reflect on presence, God’s and my own intertwined. To become more aware of the divine, more vulnerable to the divine, in every moment and every encounter, requires that I be alert to the specifics around me - attentive to what draws me or resonates deeply for me – attentive to what calls me to be Present. In that call I hear the Great Presence: God reliably and truly alive within and among us.
I hope that you, too, have friends with whom to consider the meaning of this time we're spending in solidarity with LCWR and Catholic Sisters. You're welcome to share your ideas here as a guest blog post. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.