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Surrendering to new meanings
Following on from the last blog I came across these few sentences from the Benedictine Joan Chittister which I thoroughly enjoyed and hope to allow space for...
Surrender does not simply mean that I quit grieving what I do not have. It means that I surrender to new meanings and new circumstances, that I begin to think differently and to live somehere that is totally elsewhere. I surrender to meanings I never cared to hear - or heard, maybe, but was not willing to understand.
Faith and attention
As usual some part of me registers the wispy presence of something meaningful and then other parts slowly catch up to this increasingly significant reality. The timescales and triggers for this acceptance and surrender are a mystery to me. The quote echoes through my insides but what meanings and circumstances are we talking about? Noticing is important, in fact some voices would say it's all about the noticing, and the attention. Is this what is called faith, and participation?