The Eucharist Of The Ordinary

My friend Lynda made a lovely comment on the post yesterday about Richard Rohr's video "Learning to See."


Lynda's comments reminded me of this from John O'Donohue and the other reflections are all of a piece.

They all help to remind me that the light is not all on the other side...

We seldom notice how each day is a holy place
Where the eucharist of the ordinary happens,
Transforming our broken fragments
Into an eternal continuity that keeps us.

Somewhere in us a dignity presides
That is more gracious than the smallness
That fuels us with fear and force,
A dignity that trusts the form a day takes.

So at the end of this day, we give thanks
For being betrothed to the unknown
And for the secret work
Through which the mind of the day
And wisdom of the soul become one.

– John O’Donohue, from “The Inner History of A Day”

Beauty does not linger, it only visits.
Yet beauty’s visitation affects us and invites us into its rhythm,
it calls us to feel, think, and act beautifully in the world:
to create and live a life that awakens the Beautiful.

- John O’Donohue

Click here for a longer extract from John O'Donohue's book Beauty

and this one is from Thomas Merton........

Life is this simple.

We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent

and God is shining through it all the time.

This is not just a fable or a nice story

It is true.

If we abandon ourselves to God

and forget ourselves,

we see it sometimes

and we see it maybe frequently.

God shows Godself everywhere,

In people and in things and in nature and in events.

It becomes very obvious that God is everywhere and

in everything and we cannot be without God.

It is impossible.

The only thing is that we don't see it.

and finally, this fine article from Carl McColman title Wasting Time With God certainly hits the spot for me, because it wrestles with that eternal question about what we choose to do with our time  !

One of the best parts of Advent for me is that it invites me to waste a little more time with God.

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