Enjoy reading news items, articles, inspirational quotations and ideas of personal interest
Guest Article written for the Henri Nouwen Society:
On the Journey Toward Faithfulness
written by JAN DAVIS
Each December I receive in the mail a box of redbirds from
Tom. There might be figurines, placemats, bookends, coffee
mugs - all with emblems of redbirds. Tom collects redbirds
all year long. Whenever he sees one, it is a reminder to him
of a moment of grace in 1994 when he was touched by
something I said. He attends to his inner voice of gratitude
for my story of a redbird by returning faithfully to that
memory and returning to me a gift of redbirds.
Remaining faithful to a memory may be very difficult.
Because memories are so abstract, we often are seduced by a
sense of false responsibility into thinking that by
returning to them we are being faithful. Our walkabout life
challenges us to be faithful to spouses, employers,
political parties, and various commitments. I recently heard
a prayer for "the grace to remain faithful so long as it is
not harmful." How many people knowingly remain in abusive
situations under the false guise of being faithful!
Being faithful doesn't have to be difficult or heroic.
Rather, in silence and solitude we might simply remember
that moment when we were first touched by God. Our deep
yearning faithfully draws us back to that place where we
were touched. But it is a tender place. In Henri Nouwen's
secret journal, he invites us to awaken our dormant desire
and open to the God who loves us with the first love, that
which precedes all human love. Remember.
JAN DAVIS, D.Min, is an active contemplative who lives in
San Antonio, Texas. She leads parish missions and spiritual
retreats. She is a Benedictine Oblate and spiritual
director. Jan is married, the mother of two sons, and
grandmother of two grandsons.
"On the Journey Towards Faithfulness" first appeared
as a Weekly Reflection eLetter from
April 4, 2007
She or he plainly collections prospects as a result of many people, replica watches sale and even most of the time, grants them all that versatility to deliver as they simply find out meet. ¡°We is a start-up, ¡± JCB states around Hublot. Although product isn¡¯t unique, panerai replica uk the nation's achieving success is without a doubt. These have possessed around 5 quite a few years in growth, and even in as much as JCB looks like interested, that brand¡¯s everyday life well before your ex boyfriend doesn¡¯t calculate. Actually, i know start-ups. As i inhabit San francisco bay area and even replica watches uk contain had been to a have of those.