All things give praise and service

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My work varies widely – from the intent listening and privileged space of spiritual direction and vocation accompaniment to the mundane tasks of dealing with contractors and workmen. I think this constant change of task has helped me to realise in a new way what it means to find God in all things. At times I long for my life to be less ‘bitty’ with fewer distractions and interruptions – perhaps part of me still imagines drifting around a convent somewhere being holy! The reality is that there are numerous pulls on me – chaplaincy, vocations ministry, local leadership, accompaniment, digging a basement, doing the shopping… the list goes on! As I prayed this morning with the gospel text:

“Jesus called the people and his disciples to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let them renounce themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Mark 8)

I was aware of that call to go beyond myself, to respond to each person, each situation with generosity, openness and availability. The self renunciation isn’t about forgetting myself, putting my needs to one side, but about recognising where the focus needs to lie. When the focus is on God, and on the needs of the other I am more free, more able to respond, and more loving in my interactions. Its then that I can really meet God who is present in each situation, and really allow all the different aspects of my everyday life to give praise and service to God.

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5 Responses to “All things give praise and service”

  1. Geralyn (FCJ Mission & Identity Promoter) Says:

    Reblogged this on Keeping Company and commented:
    A great post from across the world, thanks to Sr Lynne fcJ.

  2. Julie (aka Cookie) Says:

    Love, love the wistful thoughts of “still imagine drifting around convent somewhere being holy”. . .don’t we all have those wistful thoughts—being about the business of simply being “holy”—but throughout my life, as a life long educator, I have discovered one thing— that being holy is all about the rolling up of one’s sleeves—as you are obviously well aware of as well 🙂
    blessing this day to you and thank you for this wonderfully honest and mindful reflection—Julie

    • Lynne fcJ Says:

      Thanks Julie… Education certainly provides plenty of opportunity to ‘roll up our sleeves’ ! So true that there is an innate holiness in doing what needs to be done. There is also a great satisfaction or joy in a task completed.

  3. Helen-Mary Langlands Says:

    Said in a nutshell Lynne.

  4. Renaud Marie-Geneviève Says:

    Thank you Lynne. Self-renunciation really is forgetting oneself to allow God to be God in oneself ;It is to be united in love with God and act with him for others I would say this is simply holyness We are all on the way! Courage cheer up!”Heaven is at the end of the road!”

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