Our thought for the week comes from theologian Richard Rohr:

“The reality is that there is great terror and pain, and there is great love and great wisdom. They’re all here, coexisting in this moment.”

This quote was sent to me earlier this morning from a dear friend who has a unique way of inspiring me as well as keeping me grounded.

There is no doubt that most, if not all of us, have experienced great love and great pain, great terror and great wisdom.  Yet, what’s most surprising is that many of us have simultaneously experienced all of these.  Yes, indeed, as we walk or crawl through life, and as we age, we are slowly learning that it is possible to have love and wisdom, terror and pain, coexist within us.  That fact, alone, is confusing.

And yet, as we grow into this awareness, we continue to laugh and cry, grieve and rejoice, hurt and heal – in hope.  We trust in those ancient words from Ecclesiastes, “There is a time for everything under the heavens”.

May this eternal reality surround us with the graces and blessings we need to continue this walk we call life. May we live in faith and hope and love, trusting the Divine within.

Live and be HOPE this day and every day,

Sr. Debbie