If only you knew the gift of God. ~ John 4:10
We bear a tremendous responsibility for one another.
Each of us is a minister of Christ.
Each of us has to witness to him.
Everything we do, say, or even think has either a positive
or negative effect on others.
Nothing is neutral.
Bad example, carelessness about faults, lack of charity;
all these things effect the purity and love of a community.
And following from that weaken the charity of the whole Church.
St Paul entreats us no to trifle with the precious grace of God.
This grace, which is nothing less than God offering himself is available now.
Now is the acceptable time,
Now is the significant time.
If we had a lively faith, grasped this fact, we would indeed give no offence —
put no obstacle in another’s way.
Do not trifle with the precious gift of God.
~ A Meditation by Ruth Burrows, O.C.D.
For a Proud Friend, Humbled
In that least place to which all mercies come
I find you now, settled in peace, at home,
poor little one of Yahweh.
On your face only response of love lies,
with no trace
or drifting hint of what had brought you low.
Down steps of like unworthiness I go
weighted with heart (and how heart can oppress!)
to see you humbled into gentleness
(and into innocence) so utterly.
Pray me, my blessed, into your company.
~ A poem by Sister Miriam of the Holy Spirit (Jessica Powers), O.C.D.