Embracing Spirit and Life

Photo: Sister Nancy A. Sell, OSF

There is much talk today suggesting  that we are on the brink of something–either a profound new way of being together or utter destruction.  We hear human interest stories.  Someone went the extra mile to help another in need.  People everywhere caring about another, bringing peace and reconciliation.  At the same time, ever since I can remember, there has been war affecting families through separation, injury, or death.  Often the air waves resound with discord and the political climate brings words that harm, filling our world with hate and dissension.

Realizing that new life is necessary to keep our planet alive we move from hierarchy to collaboration,  just talking to listening,  isolated decision-making to dialogue, suspicion to seeking clarification.  The language and concepts used to explain the newness envisioned  today are different from what we have known in the past.  However,  people over the years, including Jesus, invited newness of life and envisioned a way of being together that honors each person’s dignity.

In the Gospel of John 6:60-69 from the Christian scriptures, Jesus says, it is the spirit that gives life…  Jesus’ invitation is to go deep into our spirits to tap the fullness of our gifts–often we have knee jerk reactions to people and situations rather than letting the divine spirit who dwells within influence what we say and what we do.   In tapping the spirit who brings life we move from hierarchy to collaboration from just talking to listening, from isolated decision-making to dialogue from suspicion to clarification.

The gifts of the spirit articulated as wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety, knowledge and openness to divine presence give us the strength to tap our deep inner resources:  knowing what we need to stand up for and the strength to follow through, openness to God’s renewing spirit and to a divine presence that can do more than what we can ask for or imagine.  Is this easy?  It takes time.  Jesus and other great spiritual leaders sought the desert, the mountains, the seashore or other places where they could be quiet and still to listen deeply to the spirit within.

Where is your desert, mountain, seashore or special place where you find quiet and stillness to listen deeply to the spirit within and to be part of changing the world one encounter at a time?

Our invitation is to embrace spirit and life.

Blessings and peace

About SisterNancy

I am a Catholic Sister, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I enjoy swimming and nature: hiking in the mountains and along rolling hills, sitting by water and walking through the various seasons of life. I am a spiritual director, spirituality consultant, chaplain and retreat director. You can contact me at sisternancyosf@gmail.com
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2 Responses to Embracing Spirit and Life

  1. Leo Wirtz says:

    Thank you for continuing with your ‘Reflections” I enjoy each one and try to apply the information in them to my own life. As much as I enjoy your Day of Reflection I’m sorry that it conflicts with family plans this year.One of our granddaughters is being married that day and all of our family will be driving to Kansas City to enjoy this blessed event. Actually we are looking forward to this. It’s always fun times when we are together. Hopefully you are well and enjoying the cooler weather. Leo and Ursula W.

  2. I am trying to meditate each day…when I do it, my day goes much better. It takes discipline to put aside all the little everyday tasks that I allow to distract me. Truely, I see the more I cultivate peace in my own heart, the less upset I get with the negativity around me…I have come to realize that many, many people are suffering…and it is out of this suffering that so much evil comes, because we lash out at others, rather than look for resolution within. Having a community who supports prayer is a blessing.

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