Currently, I have been thinking about the people that enter into our lives, albeit sometimes unexpectedly, who enable us to glimpse a new perspective. We are reminded that the beauty of our journey as Christians is that as questions arise, our faith tradition is filled with deep convictions, “emerging” methods, and new beginnings! How thankful I am for those times that as God has sought to move me, and has opened my eyes to see a different perspective or the need for a more pastoral approach. What a vision God has of the whole picture!
It reminds me of an art class where everyone is painting the object in the center. The object isn’t the same all the way around, even the light from the windows casts the colors and shadows differently. Yet, the artists paint what is before them in the truest way possible, faithful to the teacher, and the methods that they have learned.
Listening// This week I listened to an elderly friend, who I bring communion to, describe the sightless, hard of hearing world that he lives in. Not in a complaint, but in a matter of fact way-inviting me into “seeing” his perspective. Though the light behind his eyes has made sleep extremely difficult, he asks to be awakened for communion because this is so essential to him. As we part, he tells my husband and I how he wishes he could see us but how much he loves and is thankful for our time spent in community.
Watching// with excitement at the new appointment of Bishop Blase Cupich as Archbishop of Chicago! Just a few days before the announcement, twitter was all abuzz. Eagerly, I studied his pastoral journey to gain a better understanding of the perspective he would bring to the position. He appears to be moderate in his approach on most religious issues, and in touch with both the teachings and the people. How heartwarming it was to hear him personally address the 44% Hispanic population of Chicago in Spanish! In everything that I have seen and heard so far, I have to say what an exciting time it is for the people of Chicago.
Reading// Evangelizing Catholics: A Mission Manual for the New Evangelization by Scott Hahn. Another essential book I have placed on my learning syllabus for my Field Education work! This book provides a necessary perspective on the mission calling us forth in “creating intentional disciples” and in deepening our own faith life. For it questions whether we can be convincing witnesses of the faith if, instead of embracing and living our faith, we tread only in the shallow end. It is a beautiful reminder to probe the deeper meaning of the sacraments in a life lived, rather than seeing these as an end in and of themselves.
Remembering// The love of learning that my mother and her family passed down to me. As the daughter, granddaughter, niece, and cousin of educators, I recognize that this is something I could not escape (Those genes are strong) even if I had wanted to! Not knowing where God will lead me when this degree is completed, I know that in my heart that this desire to learn, grow and share will always be a part of whatever I do.
“Wisdom” , Rustic Verses by (my Grandpa) Carl Wyatt Ferrell
It seems the older that we grow,
The more we don’t know-
At least I’ve found it true.
My wisdom I begin to doubt,
For there are things I’ve just found out,
That once I thought I knew.
For Knowledge is a growing thing;
Each day, more wisdom it will bring
if we take care to see.
A grain of learning should each day,
Like precious gold be stored away,
If we would wiser be.