Thursday, September 25, 2014

Summary, Communion and Liberation 2014 Fraternity Exercises, Saturday Morning Session, Part 1, "The Essential Thing: The First Leap of the Heart."

With the examples of Mary Magdalene, Zacchaeus, and the disciples that were on the road to Emmaus...
To encounter the gaze of Christ with clear eyes is to be seized--arrested. It is this relationship--this awareness of the presence of Christ--that allows us to overcome the solitude of experience, that does not extinguish longing,that allows us to become ourselves, that transforms our humanity. It is what evangelizes the self and ultimately others. But fancy words, sentimentalism, slogans, sound bites, and summaries such as these will not suffice.
Not as part of the above summary, but for my own personal response to this section of the retreat, in order to close the gap between intention and experience, I need to contemplate what it means to be aware of the presence--and to follow and live the presence, with all its consequences. It means seeing Christ in the eyes and faces of every person I encounter and acting accordingly.

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