Monday, September 12, 2011


I almost wrote above “uncomfortable reading!” – But that would be disingenuous.
The fact is I have been using: The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri Nouwen, for spiritual reading and meditation.
Pray for the people close to me because uncomfortable is really too tame a word.
I have been emotionally more erratic, needing way too much attention and just generally discombobulated of late.
Nouwen has written such a truthful series of reflections they leave you exposed, squirming, by the time you get towards the end of the book confronting inner poverty at its depths.
If grace is called for, if openness to the Holy Spirit takes place then great healing, restoration, takes root.
The journey between the depths of poverty and restoration in Christ is when an added grace is needed, to tread humbly near and with those we love: humbly by simply giving them a head’s up of the intensity of what is unfolding within self and loving them enough when we are in that tough place to decline invitations unless they are prepared to be like the Good Samaritan with the beat up traveller.
In the end, of course because nothing is impossible for God, all will be well.
Pray dear friends for I am a mere beginner on the journey and if you read the book hold tight to Our Blessed Mother while on the journey!

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