CECILIA AND MARIA’S THIRTY DAY RETREAT: EVERYDAY WISDOM I

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When we arrived in the retreat centre the gardeners were in the process of felling a large old tree. The tree was no longer sound and sadly needed to be cut down. Most of the tree was removed from the garden except for a piece of the trunk that protruded from the ground. It took more than two weeks for the gardeners to remove that last bit of trunk and some of the larger roots: piece by piece. They took turns using traditional tools. They worked long and hard, hour after hour. It struck me how sometimes we have to work for a long time to gain some degree of spiritual freedom. I wondered how many tiny roots were still in the ground waiting for the opportune moment to emerge and raise their stubborn heads – exactly capturing the unfinished work that is the human heart. How good it is to know that we are forever and always God’s true love.

4 Responses to “CECILIA AND MARIA’S THIRTY DAY RETREAT: EVERYDAY WISDOM I”

  1. Ann Marie Says:

    Beautiful, Clare. Thanks for sharing this everyday wisdom. I’m continuing to keep you all in prayer. Happy feast today. Thanks be to God for the gift of our FCJ vocation. Love and blessings.

  2. Denise Mulcahy Says:

    Thank you, Clare, for this thought-provoking reflection on the tree.

  3. Marie-Geneviève Renaud Says:

    Thank you Clare for your thoughts about the cut tree it is suffering also Did you hear ? Love and prayer Marie Geneviève Renaud

  4. Maria Sunarni Says:

    Many thanks for sharing this dear Clare. May the Spirit of God always lead all of you at this special time of retreat with love and peace. We are united in prayers.

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