So far, this winter has been a real winter
in my opinion: crisp cold and lots of snow! There is something so attractive
about this winter wonderland; it is mysteriously inviting, and yet when we
cross its threshold we receive a rude welcome that, if not anticipated, might
make us turn back into the warmth and comfort of our home. Yet, if we dare to
tolerate temporary discomfort, we are enlivened by breathing this pure clod air
that renders us alert and attentive to the beauty that surrounds us in the
diamond covered landscape.
have been learning, this novitiate year, that silence and solitude have similar
characteristics. Entering into the mysterious land of silence and solitude is
not initially the most comfortable transition. The seeming emptiness heightens
my awareness of deep longings which at times can be painful, and I frequently
face the temptations of returning to the comfort of secure relationships and
absorbing work. Yet, if I dare to linger in this silent abode, I am
increasingly attentive to the presence of the Silent One dwelling in my
solitude. As I breathe in this
invigorating Spirit which surrounds me, the eyes of my heart are opened to see
the Eternal Light reflecting on the diamond covered landscape of my life.
next time Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, I encourage you to accept the
invitation to enter the winter wonderland of silence and solitude and be
transformed by the life-giving Presence that dwells within you.
a Blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with the Joy of His Presence