Monday, September 16, 2013
ON A CLEAR DAY: The Basilica of St. Clare of Assisi and the surrounding Italian mountains are easy to see on a clear day. Imagine how Clare must have pondered God as she roamed this region.
by Sister Laura Zelten
On my morning walk there's a hilltop from where I can see a very long distance. One recent morning as I stood at the top and looked west over the city I could see farther than I had ever remembered. The air was crisp and the sky so blue. It was an amazing site. I was in awe and wonder of God's presence.
It came to me that discernment can be like the weather -- on clear days it is easy to see far out but on days of fog and rain it is much harder to find the horizon. Yet, we trust God is present. Like seeing on clear days, discernment requires us to clear away all those obstacles and distractions so that we can better understand the issues before us. By learning to see what is truly there, we can focus on life-enhancing thoughts, feelings and actions.
One answer is contemplative meditation. Take time each day to look into the distance and see where God is calling me or to find a person such as spiritual director who can help me through the days of fog and rain to know where God is in my life.
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