Awesome wonder

During this summer, I had the opportunity to go to Niagara Falls. This is a place that I had visited with my family when I was about 7 years old, and it left a deep impression on me. I have always wanted to return.

When I first rounded a turn in the street and caught a glimpse of those Falls, my heart just filled up with wonder and the beauty of the Falls really brought tears to my eyes.

Here, this is why: This is what I saw….

I stayed in that area for about 3 ½ days, walking down paths where there are rapids, and, even venturing out to the surrounding area of Lake Ontario where there is charming town surrounded by lush vineyards which produce Canadian wines.

It was an incredibly relaxing time, and the change in scenery and climate gave me some much need time to think deeply and to ask “What is it that God is calling me to? What needs my attention–my focus and the best of myself at Sacred Heart?”

Something that being near the Falls gave me in terms of priorities for the year was an insight into abundance.

Looking at the Falls, it is impossible not to have a sense of the enormous BEAUTY of the world. Beauty has always been a portal into God’s nature for me—as it was for the Foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat.

Being close to this water, it is simply impossible not to be overwhelmed with a sense of God’s abundant nature—the abundance of beauty in the water –and how this generous love of God can flow through us into the world.

I wonder…

• Am I looking at the world from perspective of scarcity or abundance?
• Am I ready to give out of a sense of my abundant blessings, as the Widow who gave her last coin?

Feeling blessed and so loved, it is natural to want to share this with others.  I realize through these kinds of experiences, I truly become what I receive.

 

 

Down on the Bayou

Sometimes, we are given openings in our day to connect with our Creator, with one another, and with the flora and fauna of nature. A few days ago, Marianne Tavares, RSCJ (Toronto), Sheila Smith, RSCJ (Ottawa), Georgeann Parizek, RSCJ (Baton Rouge), and I did just this in the Cypress Island Swamp Preserve in Breaux Bridge, LA. Being in this environment makes one realize the precious gift of life as it is expressed so gratuitously through the cypress trees draped with moss, the native vegetation, the puffy clouds and blue sky, the alligators sunning on driftwood and the smiling faces of friends.

“Oh, give thanks to God, for God is good! (Psalm 107)

Click the link for a short video of our adventure in a Louisiana swamp.

Down on the Bayou.