Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Pumpkin

Sister Lisa Rose and her carved pumpkin
Even though Halloween was yesterday, we can still enjoy the smiling carved pumpkins that sit on the doorsteps of many homes. One of the best things about a pumpkin is the hidden face within each and every one. From experience, we know that before carving the pumpkin it needs to be prepared. The preparation involves removing the insides and the seeds. The empty cavity is now ready to hold a candle. The candle that is placed inside will lighten up whatever face the carver creates on the outside of the pumpkin. The pumpkin carver may ask, “Will I make a happy face or a scary one?” Whatever the carving ends up being, the candle light will bring it to its fullest beauty. So a reflective question to ask is “What needs to be removed from my life in order for my true beauty to shine through?” We know that Christ is willing to help us remove whatever blocks our beauty. We also know that Christ is the light that comes alive in each of us every day. And it is through our prayers that we are strengthened by the Christ-light within us, so that in preparing our light, through prayer, we will be able to see the light that shines through everyone we meet.

If you would like more information about our community, please contact Sister Lisa Rose at lrose@csbsju.edu.
Lisa Rose, OSB

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