Transformation

Day 12

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Abbey of Gethsemani

During his homily this morning, Fr. Anton reminded us that Jesus Christ wants to transform us. We are all on a journey of transformation. However, this journey is not an upward climb but a downward submission.  The Cross of Christ is our best example of this truth.

This day I experienced several reminders of my need to be transformed.  The first was a lovely white orchid which appeared on top of the front desk of the Retreat House forger.  I asked Br. Fredrick about it.  He said it was a gift for someone.  An orchid is delicate.  A trait iI am constantly working on.

The second reminder is God’s way of showing me his love.  I saw a gorgeous butterfly in the garden outside the retreat house.  I smiled with delight and looked skyward with thanksgiving. Thank you, Lord, for the butterfly.

Like the butterfly which must undergo a metamorphosis in the dark cocoon of the chrysalis, so we are called to journey inward so that Christ might change our minds and hearts.

Thomas Merton said it this way: “Our real journey in life is interior; it is a matter of growth, deepening, and of ever greater surrender to the creative action of love and grace in our hearts.”

I count it all joy,

Pastor Vallerie

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