Embracing the Deep

Photo:  Sister Nancy A. Sell, OSF

Photo: Sister Nancy A. Sell, OSF

Lately I have thought about some lines from the poet Rainer Maria Rilke:  “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.”  Everyday, it seems,  life presents new situations  inviting us to trust ourselves and the Holy One within.  Some days we respond well to life situations, other days we may react in ways not intended.  Perhaps “the unsolved” has something to do with our quest for “perfection” which does not exist.   Yet, attempting to be patient toward all that is not solved in our hearts  and loving the questions themselves keeps us going deeper to experience the divine healer of our souls.

In the Gospel of Luke 5:1-11 from the Christian scriptures, Jesus encourages the disciples to “put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”   Are we talking about fish?  Are we talking about vocations to religious life which is sometimes attributed to this  scripture passage.  Perhaps one, perhaps both.  Perhaps neither.  Could it be Jesus is telling us to go deeper inside ourselves for the wisdom, energy and guidance to rest our troubled hearts?    Jesus tells us to not be afraid to go deeper…and in this we have our invitation to freedom and new life.

Our invitation is to embrace the deep.

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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One Response to Embracing the Deep

  1. We are all interrelated…maybe the idea of “putting out into deep water” means to go beyond our expectations and roles…beyond our selves…to sense that we are all ONE in God? We each have our own path…yet…are still ONE.

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