A sense of Mystery can take us beyond disappointment and judgment to a place of expectancy. It opens in us an attitude of listening and respect. If everyone has in them the dimension of the unknown, possibility is present at all times. . . . Knowing this enables us to listen to life from the place in us that is Mystery also. Mystery requires that we relinquish an endless search for answers and become willing to not understand. . . . Perhaps real wisdom lies in not seeking answers at all. Any answer we find will not be true for long. An answer is a place where we can fall asleep as life moves past us to its next question. After all these years, I have begun to wonder if the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.
from MY GRANDFATHER’S BLESSINGS by Rachel Naomi Remen
So our needs–for answers or love or solutions to our problems–are symptoms of that greater need, for God. It aches, and its ache is the price of our dignity. If we are meant for this much, we shall suffer that hunger…That–our incompleteness–is our dignity, and when we feel it, we are being mature, being what we were truly meant to be. That appeal is prayer. For the human person, then, prayer is the supreme value…If prayer lets us become ourselves, it is a supreme value too, for the world. It restores the right rhythm to the universe.
from IMPACT OF GOD by Father Iain Matthews
No, your eyes are not deceiving you…this week I got some inspiration from a pile of laundry. This was not just any laundry. It contained clothing items belonging to my son home from college for Spring Break. I was folding his clean clothes when I was suddenly struck by this thought: how much I loved smelling his freshly laundered t-shirts and folding them carefully. The blessing of him rushed over me and filled my heart. What a privilege to do his laundry…what a privilege to be his mother!