Reflection | I can only give thanks…

This morning I was delighted to read Pope Francis’ interview with Antonio Spadaro SJ – the first of its kind in this 6-month-old papacy, published by America magazine. Reading it, I felt a certain mutuality of respect between Fr Spadaro and Pope Francis, almost as though I was invited to listen in on an intimate conversation between the two (me, and billions of people worldwide, of course!) Was it their shared Jesuit experience? Or was it the profound humility in which we have come to associate with Francis? These questions, I will mull over the coming days, I am sure, but for now it is enough to say that in honest-to-goodness-cross-my-heart-truth, reading the article this morning was a wonderful way to start the day. (OK, you caught me – I was in bed, the curtains still drawn…) And within seconds of glancing over it, Francis’ words were jumping out at me off the page, as in a love letter – I soaked it all in, reading and re-reading, and smiling. My excitement was palpable, busting to be released, so I did what I do, and made something visual:

ImageBy the time I ended up leaving home for work, I was fully charged with feeling like this (I know I’m daggy, but it’s self-appreciation!):

ImageI met with Sr Maureen and our Provincial, Sr Judith and together we enjoyed a lovely morning tea and meeting, of which the details I will not bore you with. I will however say that I received some very exciting news, which I am not sure I am quite able to share yet, but for now, let’s just say that the dreamer in me has been awakened. Should it all go to plan (God’s plan), I would be experiencing one of my life’s dreams-come-true. And the prospect of this – no – the very idea of it has already filled me with such joy that I cannot say very much other than give thanks to God.

So in conclusion, I wish to remind everyone that God loves each one of us very much, even if we cannot see it or do not know it. With our hearts open wide to God, we will receive graces and blessings. And in such celebration of life, we will know and feel the power, the majesty and the beauty of God’s love for us, the same love that calls each of us to strive for the magis in our world.

And for all that has happened today, my faithful and ever-loving God, I give thanks. Amen.

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