Love Unreservedly

St. John of the Cross said

“Only the free can love, and only the completely free can love unreservedly.”

Both the shortness and depth of this statement harken to a kind of life different from that which I am used to expecting. Who are the people in my life who are completely free, who love unreservedly?

The Strong Need The Weak

Although it’s true that the weak need the strong, the strong need the weak every bit as much. How the strong respond to the weak is their only hope of becoming human.

– Peter Fitch

Patience in Community

Patience, like forgiveness, is at the heart of community life–patience with ourselves, with the laws of our own growth and with others.

– Jean Vanier

Lord Make Us Instruments of Your Peace

Where there is hatred, let us sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is discord, let us be one
Where there is doubt, let there be faith

Lord make us instruments of Your peace
Lord make us instruments if Your Peace

Where there is despair. Let there be hope
Where there is darkness, let your light shine
Where there is mourning, let there be comfort
Where there is sadness, let there be joy

Lord make us instruments of Your peace
Lord make us instruments of Your peace

It is in giving that we receive
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life
Alleluia (x4)

Words by St. Francis of Assisi
Music and Arrangement by Holli Durost

Patient Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability –
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature gradually – let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your good will)
will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his healing hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.

Written by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ