Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June 8 – Sunshine, Lollipops and . . . Carnage

Aaahhhh . . . June! Here are a few lyrics from the song we’ve been humming in the Abbey!

June is bustin' out all over
The feelin' is gettin' so intense,
That the young Virginia creepers
Hev been huggin' the bejeepers
Outa all the mornin' glories on the fence!
Because it's June...

What a great song! Thank you, Mr. Hammerstein!

But . . . just as in the play from which that happy melody was birthed, all is not “sweetness and light” in all the world around us. The pain of some is more profound than all the glories of nature can erase.

In Cor Unum, we are learning to bring all the carnage we see, all we have experienced, and all we have helped to create . . . to the glory of God!

IT IS HIS PRESENCE that blossoms in the ability, for some, just to wake up and face another day. In “real” monasteries worldwide, and we consider the monastery of our hearts to be exceedingly real, postulants, novices, and professed monks and nuns gather the suffering of the world into their prayers and thoughts every day.

Which one of us has not at time felt as though we would pray if we could pray, but we were too devastated by wickedness . . . others’ or our own . . . to carry on? In those times, there is nothing for it but to bring failures, wounds, sins and shame to the NEARNESS of God. We bring our own, and we bring the sin and lack of those who have wounded us and others, and we bring them to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ:

A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. (Isaiah 42:3)

June was His idea! Justice was His idea! He will defend us, He will comfort us, He will correct us . . . without rejecting us. He will take vengeance on our enemies, without destroying them, for He will prevail against spiritual forces of wickedness in high places.

He will forgive; we will forgive, and though we cannot see beyond the carnage, His goodness will bud and blossom, and those who believe will live again.

"Look Beyond the Carnage"
photo by Kerry

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