- 12 months ago
A friend recently recommended that I read the bio of St. Maria of Paris. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how engaging the story of her life and ministry have been to me this week. I’m still reading her story, but I want to share some of her wisdom that has spoken to me.
"No amount of thought will ever result in any greater formulation than the three words, ‘Love one another,’ so as long as it is love to the end and without exceptions." - St. Maria of Paris
What would it look like if I, for even a day, loved without exception?
"If someone turns with his spiritual world toward the spiritual world of another person," she reflected, "he encounters an awesome and inspiring mystery… He comes into contact with the true image of God in man, with the very icon of God incarnate in the world, with a reflection of the mystery of God’s incarnation and divine manhood. And he needs to accept this awesome revelation of God unconditionally, to venerate the image of God in his brother…" - St. Maria of Paris
What would it look like if I, for even a day, encountered those I meet in a way that venerates the image of God within them?
I’m thankful for St. Maria and the prophetic voices proclaiming love in the face of the broken world all around us.
"There are things you can’t reach. But
you can reach out to them, and all day long.
The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of God.
And it can keep you as busy as anything else, and happier.
The snake slides away; the fish jumps, like a little lily,
out of the water and back in; the goldfinches sing
from the unreachable top of the tree.
I look; morning to night I am never done with looking.
Looking I mean not just standing around, but standing around
as though with your arms open.
And thinking: maybe something will come, some
shining coil of wind,
or a few leaves from any old tree –
they are all in this too.
And now I will tell you the truth.
Everything in the world
At least, closer.
Like the nibbling, tinsel-eyed fish; the unlooping snake.
Like goldfinches, little dolls of gold
fluttering around the corner of the sky
of God, the blue air."
- 2 years ago