Embracing the Fire

Photo:  Sister Nancy A. Sell, OSF

Photo: Sister Nancy A. Sell, OSF

There is something soothing about sitting around a campfire or a pit fire on a cool summer evening or in the midst of fresh fall days.  Fire in this context is so radically different from the suffering fire causes from natural disaster or arson.  All over our world there are times people set the world ablaze out of protest or anger.  Suffering, hardship, anguish, sadness, death results.

In the Christian scriptures (Luke 12:49-52) Jesus says, I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing.  I have not come to establish peace on the earth but rather division.  Is Jesus talking about something like camp fires, natural disaster fires or protest fires?  Perhaps none of them, really.  Jesus is talking about divine life.  Jesus is talking about divine life and wisdom.  When we are in tune with the divine life within something changes within resulting in an outward response.  Our hearts are ablaze.  Perhaps we no longer go along to just go along, rather our hearts are ablaze and we speak the truth in love which may result in division for a while but leads ultimately to a more lasting peace.

What in my life needs to be “set ablaze” to waken something deep within?   How am I in tune with the divine in my life?  How does the divine life within kindle the fire of my heart?

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 Fire

  1. Ann U. says:

    Well said — a difficult passage!

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