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dc.contributor.authorHart, Boben_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-09T18:30:44Z
dc.date.available2014-06-09T18:30:44Z
dc.date.issued2001-10-06en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 460en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/52432
dc.description.abstractJessica Powers, Carmelite contemplative sister (1905-88), has a wonderful poem about Bruno, about his seeking God and of his finally being given the gift of "uninterrupted conversation with God."||How did this wonder come to him? Without| Carthusian insights I can only guess: |There must have been at first some seeds of grace| Which Bruno planted in his wilderness |He must have watered them with tears, and kept |His little garden friendly to the sun |Till the shoots came and, marvelously, flowers. |(Words were his flowers to woo the Holy One.) |Bruno had peace, I know, but all the same,| I doubt that he perceived if answers came.|And surely there were winters in his heart |Where leaf and blossom died, and the land froze| And a white silence covered everything.| He offered God this silence, I suppose, |And his cold poverty (which few believe |That God in his warm silence will receive).|How did this wonder come at last to Him?| I would surmise: when Bruno understood |How love that crushed him had no gift for God - |Though through all seasons he had sought the good-- | He entered his own hut, pulled down the shades, |And sat and grappled with his pain till he |Himself became the word, the total need, |The gift, the outcry, the last agony.| And one day God, most ready to discover |The moment that a heart fills to the brim, |Burst into Bruno's time, sat down beside him, |And eager with delight gave to this lover |The joy of endless dialogue with him.|(The Selected Poetry of Jessica Powers, p. 65, 1984)|Carmelites (Jessica Powers, the Little Flower, the contemplative Sisters of the Good Shepherd), the Cistercians, St. Bruno and his Carthusians all, I believe, have three things in common, and all three are touched upon in today's readings.|First, from Psalm 69, they truly sought God with all their heart. They were, or gradually over time became, people of the first commandment - "Love God with your whole mind, heart, soul, strength." Jesus taught it and lived it to the hilt. I have come to do the will of him who sent me, for example, but it simply permeates Scripture. Psalm 69 says simply: "You who seek God, may your hearts be merry." It's the only way to be always, Abidingly happy - to seek him whole-heartedly- "Blest the single-minded, hearted" - "Joy, the infallible sign of the presence of God "- Leon Bloy. We get a bit of a sense of it in the title of the hymn, "JESU, JOY of man's DESIRING." Jesus is the place where Christians generally find God-father-mother-parent. In Jesus we abide, and in Him we return to the Father. In Jesus, we live and move and have our being.|And the Gospel is a lovely one, too, for it is one of two instances in the Gospels where Jesus simply bursts into spontaneous prayer, "his heart filled with wonder and with praise," one might say. The seventy-two had just come back "in jubilation." "Even the demons are subject to us." And Jesus replies (my paraphrase): I do share your joy, but it was I who gave you this power; so, rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven. And then this remarkable prayer in these remarkable words:|"At that moment Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit (enter into that joy if you can - this is the joy of the fourth week of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.) and said: 'I offer you grateful praise, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because what you have hidden from the learned and the clever you have revealed to the merest children. Father, you have graciously willed it so. Everything has been given over to me by my Father.'"|This emphasis on becoming little to become big permeates the Old Testament and the New. Jesus says the last shall be first, the greatest in the kingdom are they who serve the rest, unless you become like little children, you shall not enter the Kingdom of God.|Finally, Jesus' emphasis on becoming small to become tall, of emptying yourself and letting yourself be empty in order to be filled with God, joins the mainstream ascetic tradition (finding full flower in Francis of Assisi) with its emphasis on humility as the CARDINAL (hinge) virtue from which all others hang, as opposed to pride, the CAPITAL from which all other vices flow. For example e.g. Augustine on the sin of Adam in the garden, wanting to be God without God. The AA version of this goes simply: the only thing you have to know about God is that you are not God.|To close, just this! From my recently discovered favorite poet, Jessica Powers. In her poem HUMILITY (l947) she writes:|Humility is to be still |Under the weathers of God's will.|It is to have no hurt surprise |When morning's ruddy promise dies,|When wind and drought destroy, or sweet |Spring rains apostatize in sleet,|Or when the mind and month remark| A superfluity of dark.|It is to have no troubled care |For human weathers anywhere.|And yet it is to take the good |With the warm hands of gratitude.|Humility is to have place |Deep in the secret of God's face|Where one can know, past all surmise |That God's great will alone is wise,|Where one is loved, where one can trust |A strength not circumscribed by dust.|It is to have a place to hide |When all is hurricane outside.en_US
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dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
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dc.titleReflection for Saturday, October 6, 2001: 26th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.typeEssay
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.date.day6en_US
dc.date.year2001en_US
dc.date.monthOctoberen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.program.unitTheologyen_US
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorHart, Robert P.en_US
dc.date.daynameSaturdayen_US
dc.date.seasonOrdinary Timeen_US
dc.date.weekWeek: 26en_US
dc.relation.nexthttps://dspace.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/52446
dc.relation.previoushttps://dspace.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/52419
dc.subject.local1Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 69:33-35, 36-37en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 10:17-24en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.date.cycleYear Ien_US


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