Well, I haven’t gotten any feedback from any of you about what you’d like to hear more about from yesterday’s post, so I get to pick!
“Seized by Love: Embracing the Neighborhood of the Universe” was the theme of our 2006 Federation Event of the U.S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph. We had an opportunity to share an experience of being “seized by love” at our tables. I remember saying that yes, I have had experiences where I felt I had been “seized by love”, and my recollection is that mostly, they are not so fun at the time I’m going through them. You may wonder, how can being “seized by love” NOT be wonderful?
Well, in my experience, being seized by love often implies a moment of profound conversion. At different times in my life, I’ve had to come to terms with new insights about myself, and sometimes had to struggle to integrate these insights in the context of who I am and the commitments I’ve made. And somehow, I sense that God is not yet done turning my world upside down..
So what’s love got to do with it? (Sorry, Tina Turner!) Ah, love is the critical piece! If you were to observe me doing something that lessens my dignity and you proceeded to tell me why what I was doing was wrong, I would most likely be unable to let go of the self-defeating behavior. It is not until I have a deep sense of being loved whether or not I change that I am able to receive the grace to actually change. Does that make sense?
Ok…I think the lost post was more eloquent, but you get the idea… next time…”the Neighborhood of the Universe”…