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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Let the "Birds' Fly
Photo by Nancy Bauer, OSB
As one season ends and the time approaches for looking at the oncoming
season with an eager heart, I find myself looking into my clothes closet.Gratefully it’s become a “game I play” as I
look at various items hanging there looking at me while I’m looking at them.
It’s become a light-hearted ritual for me to talk to each item and ask, “Are
you still for me or are you hankering for a swap-shop-home?Have I worn you very often this season?” If
my answer is, only very few times, I have a variety of comments I might make to
the item.An example might be, “You are
so lovely. I’m shocked that I only wore you a few times. You pretty thing, you definitely deserve to
be worn much oftener during this season next year. Someone, who would wear you
much oftener, should delight in wearing you next year at this time.Then I can lightheartedly fold it up for the
Today I read this quote from St. John of the Cross it made me think of
the advantage this game gives me for letting go of things I no longer need.
"The soul that is attached to
anything, however much good there may be in it, will not arrive at the liberty
of divine union. For whether it be a strong wire rope or a slender and delicate
thread that holds the bird, it matters not, if it really holds it fast; for,
until the cord be broken, the bird cannot fly."
I continue to pray for eyes and a heart that can enjoy letting more
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