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Thursday, April 25, 2024: it's still possible to feel that spring is in the air, to intuit these days as pilgrim days

Thursday, April 25, 2024: it's still possible to feel that spring is in the air, to intuit these days as pilgrim days



Reflection from our Emmaus Retreat Carmel April 17 – 20, 2024

Friday Morning Reading (Part 3) of the poem Still Possible, By David Whyte

 

No, it's still possible to feel that spring

is in the air, to intuit these days

as pilgrim days; that these

are mornings for setting off

early hours when new stories

have already begun, mornings

to understand that you are now living

fully in some secret parallel

where you can just as well

go anywhere by going nowhere,

when you can stay at home

and find in any given hour or day

in the quiet kitchen,

the just culmination

of a practiced sincerity,



when you can learn

the daily minutiae of giving up

and giving in;

the beautiful but necessary

fasting into submission,

of resting through not doing,

or not eating, or not hating,

or not taking, or not judging too quickly,

of learning

how easily you can free yourself

and how easily you can forget who

needed to be impressed

and who needed to be punished,

and most of all recounting who you

needed to forgive so bravely,

for hurting you so deeply: yes,

to practice every day, the difficult art of being

proudly abstemious

but disarmingly generous of learning

to entertain the unsettling truth

that from the beginning, through

all you difficulties,

you have been learning to pass on every

single thing you ever learned

and every single thing you never fully

deserved, back to those

who have never found it

in their power to receive.


(photo by Bob McFarland)


Comments on the retreat:



And this hug is the female divine Spirit coming through to me

Coming through my own sister, sister Mary Pat SND

Coming through

The communal spirit of reverence, joy, hospitality that resides in the mother house in Chardon, Ohio hugging me now after her 38 years with the Notre Dame order

 

And my own spirit, hugging in silence sister Maureen, in awe hugging all the sisters of Notre Dame in Chardon, Ohio

-              Jerry Ricard


Announcements:

This announcement comes from Sandy -- The wonderful film about the Immaculate Heart Sisters (IHM's) - will be shown in Santa Cruz on May 9th. at UCSC.




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