Skip to content

Posts tagged ‘Spain’

The Doors of Wisdom

The doors of wisdom are never shut.

– Benjamin Franklin

Beaded doorway . . . neither open nor shut

Beaded doorway . . . neither open nor shut

 

What Kinds of Annuniciations Have You Experienced?

This is an excerpt from the poem “Annunciation” by Denise Levertov. I read this poem last advent when on a wonderful Advent Retreat with Michael Fish, OSB Cam, at Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael, CA. The poem can be found on the Education for Justice website.

‘Hail, space for the uncontained God’
From the Agathistos Hymn, Greece, VIC

We know the scene: the room, variously
furnished,
almost always a lectern, a book; always
the tall lily.
Arrived on solemn grandeur of
great wings,
the angelic ambassador, standing or
hovering,
whom she acknowledges, a guest.
But we are told of meek obedience. No one
mentions
courage.
The engendering Spirit
did not enter her without consent.
God waited.
She was free
to accept or to refuse, choice
integral to humanness.

Aren’t there annunciations
of one sort or another
in most lives?
Some unwillingly
undertake great destinies,
enact them in sullen pride,
uncomprehending.
More often
those moments
   when roads of light and storm
   open from darkness in a man or woman,
are turned away from
in dread, in a wave of weakness, in despair
and with relief.
Ordinary lives continue.
God does not smite them.
But the gates close, the pathway vanishes.
Source: “Annunciation” from The Stream and the Sapphire, by Denise Levertov. New York: New Directions Publishing, 1997
Let not the gate close

Let not the gate close

Dominican Saint Martin de Porres

Saint Marin de Porres was well known for healing. He, a mestizo, never forgot his heritage and tended to the needs of the poor indigenous people of Lima. Once, after having been scolded by his superior for bringing an injured man to his room in the priory, he replied:

Forgive my error, and please instruct me, for I did not know that the precept of obedience took precedence over that of charity.

Statue of St. Martin de Porres found in Caleruega, Spain

Statue of St. Martin de Porres found in Caleruega, Spain

 

 

Seek Goodness

Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed.

– William Saroyan

caleruega_060607_164

What’s behind that door, tucked into the Spanish hillside?

Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila

The Spanish countryside and bright red poppies, with which St. Teresa would have become well accustomed on her journeys

The Spanish countryside and bright red poppies, with which St. Teresa would have become well accustomed on her journeys

Saint Teresa of Avila was a very strong woman who reformed the Carmelite Order, and is one of the three women doctors of the Church, along with Saints Therese of Lisieux (another Carmelite) and Catherine of Siena (a Dominican).

For prayer is nothing else than being on the terms of friendship with God.

– St. Teresa of Avila

Mary Trusted God

Mary's sense of peace, joy, and trust in God is evident in this ancient statue in Caleruega, Spain

Mary’s sense of peace, joy, and trust in God is evident in this ancient statue in Caleruega, Spain

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception – a Feast of Mary. We look to her as a model in the way she responded to God’s call. She listened to God’s word, believed in its’ blessing, and thus acted on it, trusting that God would be there for her and see her through.  Her words:

Be it done to me according to your word.
– Luke 1:37

Might I have that kind of trust.

What Do We Long to See?

Looking out over Caleruega, Spain, the village where St. Dominic was born

Wednesday’s Responsorial Psalm (from Psalm 27) speaks of the deepest longings of our hearts:

One thing I ask of God; 
this I seek:
to dwell in the house of God
all the days of my life,
that I may gaze on 
the loveliness of God
and contemplate
God’s dwelling place.