Growing in Faith
A Holy Union Reflection for May 2020
This month’s Reflection comes to us from Sr. Fran Cavey, SUSC. It was originally written as an Easter Greeting to our Sisters but we felt that its insights were so valuable we wanted to share it with you, our dear friends. Many thanks to Sr. Fran!
Easter Blessings, my friends!
That is my wish for you. May you be like this little flower boldly breaking through concrete to bud forth a new shoot of life.
This is indeed a challenging time for all us, but I believe one that is also grace-filled. Like most people I’ve had all my plans dissolve. What I was given is TIME — lots of time: to reflect, to walk, to look, to listen, to pray. What the pandemic has given me is a deeper appreciation for life, life shared with all peoples: so much suffering, dying, grieving and compassionate self-giving. As I bemoan the US government’s response to the pandemic, I marvel that other countries have been sending testing kits and supplies to the US, and. my sense of solidarity is strengthened. Even violence has abated: there is now a cease-fire in Cameroon and Yemen, and hopefully in other places too. There have been calls for the World Bank to cancel the debt of poor countries. We seemingly are growing in solidarity and awareness that we truly are one people. It is the hoped-for response to Jesus’ Last Supper prayer “that all may be one” (Jn. 17:21).
Perhaps this pandemic will also deepen our awareness of the cries of the Earth. We have seen images of the devastating fires in Australia with the massive loss of wildlife and those in own country, torrential storms and hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, parched earth causing severe drought in Africa, glacier melts, rainforest depletion and coral reefs bleaching – but we quickly forget. Our Earth has been crying out for us to look, to listen, to understand, but we have been too busy. Now a tiny virus has stopped us in our tracks, demanding our attention. What we do to the Earth has consequences. We are all part of the web of Life. But the Earth is forgiving and resilient. She will try to heal herself and us. People in China are seeing a blue sky again; people in India can see the Himalaya Mts. And we have trees budding, flowers blooming, and birds singing. Truly, this is a shout of Alleluia!
Know that I have been holding all of you in prayer and will continue to do so. I close with a quote from Julian of Norwich who lived through the devastating Black Death of the 14th century and who has been a companion for me during this time. She questioned the Lord, and God responded. She wrote in her book Showings:
“Our Good Lord answered the questions and doubts which I could raise, saying most comfortably: I make all things well, and I can make all things well, and I shall make all things well; and you will see for yourself that every kind of thing will be well. And in these words, God wishes us to be enclosed in rest and peace.”
And later she wrote: “The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything.”
And so, my friends, I wish you Easter blessings of being enclosed in rest and peace and the fullness of joy,
May you always walk in gratitude