*We must work with time and with patience if we want to make bread. There is no point in making it if we do not accept this. This is true of loving also.
Awareness…acceptance…patience. It takes everything we have to be able to live this way. It means that we finally take up what is ours to do and let go of what is beyond our abilities. Life corrects us if we do not learn this. … These lessons cannot be skipped. They are rigorous and yet ultimately kind.
Our natures have organic rules that are innate and God-given. To live by those rules is essential—a discipline, a necessity. Perhaps a better word is obedience. No one can tell us how to obey our natures except our natures. It takes self-control…a profound way of attending to our deepest truth.
Can we love each other this way?
Can we give each other time and awareness?
Can we help each other listen?
Can we help each other hear?
*Greatness of soul consists no so much in soaring high and in pressing forward, as in knowing how to adapt and limit oneself. – Montaigne pg 49
Becoming Bread – Embracing the Spiritual in the Everyday
By Gunilla Norris
How much interior patience and humility a servant of God may have cannot be known so long as he is contented. But when the time comes that those who ought to please him go against him, as much patience and humility as he then shows, so much has he and no more.
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” They are truly peacemakers who amidst all they suffer in this world maintain peace in soul and body for the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
~~ St Francis of Assisi