Posts tagged ‘Spain’
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, VICWe know the scene: the room, variouslyfurnished,almost always a lectern, a book; alwaysthe tall lily.Arrived on solemn grandeur ofgreat wings,the angelic ambassador, standing orhovering,whom she acknowledges, a guest.But we are told of meek obedience. No onementionscourage.The engendering Spiritdid not enter her without consent.God waited.She was freeto accept or to refuse, choice
integral to humanness.Aren’t there annunciationsof one sort or anotherin most lives?Some unwillinglyundertake great destinies,enact them in sullen pride,uncomprehending.More oftenthose momentswhen roads of light and stormopen from darkness in a man or woman,are turned away fromin dread, in a wave of weakness, in despairand 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
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.
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
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.