I am noticing how I have moved the page axis towards creation a little more lately -thanks to a blog by Dylan Raines – campaigning for people in desperate need of water. (I like the pun in his name and life call! 🙂 God has a sense of humour! too ).
Picking up on his blog stimulated my focus over the last few days in prayers for water and Si Laudate.
‘Inspiring’ is not too big a word. But is a “handsome” word.
I like it because it is the infilling of the Spirit moving in us as we listen. Consequently, our actions are in response to the promptings which we do not let fall into fallow ground.
What is spiritual direction if it is not listening in our daily life to what the Spirit is saying and responding. “If today you hear his voice harden not your heart” constantly reverberates in me.
and Ephphata…. the Aramaic word – be open.
What strikes me about Dylan’s “campaigning” is the vigour and conviction which he brings to it.
Each of us is called: to love God and our neighbour – with all our heart, with all our mind and all our being/soul. (Matt 22.35)
There is no confusion in this. To live in the way of passion is to live a life of compassion. With passion, we live with suffering; we live in the embrace of self and others in the true fullness of life. Passion literally means suffering. The fire of passion is fuelled by love of God and others. Love suffers in compassion for the other. May it be manifest in our lives.
A reflection may be – “By their fruits you shall know them” (Matt 7:16).
Which spirit are we listening to and what fruit is it bearing right now?
Are we bearing good fruit in all seasons?
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