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,