“Immediately it was as though scales fell away from Saul’s eyes
and he could see again.”
“It is very simple:
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye. …
It is very simple:
one sees well only with the heart.
The essential is invisible to the eyes.”
“The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes, but with the heart.”
The Little Prince. Antoine de Saint Exupéry
(also available on Netflix)
It’s the first day of a new month, May, known to many of us as the Month of Our Lady. (Encyclical Mense Maio)
The first day of May is also a traditional festival marking the return of spring, (which might make sense if you live in the Northern Hemisphere), the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, and the day of the Mayday military parades.
Perhaps the first day of a new month can be a day for a renewed resolve to be free of the scales that cover our eyes, the blinkers that narrow our vision, the lenses that we adopt in an attempt to hide from reality.
In these weeks we have been brought to our knees not by the might of a military invader, but by a reality that is invisible to the eye, a virus.
Yesterday I was a part of an inspiring Zoom conversation of a dozen leaders of the Catholic community from around the country. I was moved by their willingness to face the reality not as an enemy but as an opportunity.
As Julian Carron reflected in the reading I suggested yesterday (available at this link):
“There is no other place where the meaning of life, our destiny, can be played out; we have no other way of walking toward our fulfilment except through the circumstances in which we find ourselves.”
Thanks be to God.
- As we begin this new month let’s not be afraid to set aside our limited vision. Let’s discard the lenses that do not serve us well. Let us pray that we can see reality as it is so that that in these circumstances we can encounter the reality of Jesus as he really is.
PRAY TO SLEEP
LECTIO DIVINA FOR FRIDAY OF EASTER WEEK III (29 April 2020)
Friday Easter Week III (15 minutes)
Friday Easter Week III (25 minutes)