An experience of prayer I had over the past weekend brought to mind some memories of my involvement with “O Beautiful Gaia”, a project that aimed to promote reverence and healing for, and advocacy on behalf of Earth and all Her creatures. On the 2-CD volume is a song whose words are, “What do we do with so great a love?”
So, what brought this song to mind? My trip to Washington this past weekend to review scholarship applications for the government allowed me to get together with a group of our Baden CSJ sisters, associates and a few other women as they gathered for a day of prayer, reflection and sharing. During our opening prayer, we prayed a canticle whose antiphon was, “How great is the love to which we are called; How deep the responsibility.”
It occurred to me that the frenzy of preparing new courses every week this term has left me a bit out of touch with the depths of who I am as God’s beloved. Perhaps during this Spring Break week, I can take work at a little slower pace, maybe listen to some cello music (the rich and deep sound of the cello seems to be able to take me deeper into the heart of who I am), and spend more time being reflective.
The weekend was packed with wonderful opportunities to meet up with friends in the DC area. The only minor drawback was that food was involved in each of these encounters, and I’m guessing that the scale will confirm that when I have the courage to step onto it. Nevertheless, there’s nothing quite so satisfying as sharing a meal and conversation about things that matter with a friend, and I’m so grateful that I had so many opportunities to break bread in this way, all in one weekend, with a variety of people.
I’m missing the conversations that we’ve had on this blog earlier on, and again invite you to join the conversation, or propose a new topic, perhaps even sending me a reflection of yours so that I can feature you as a “guest blogger” (of course, being an anonymous guest-blogger is certainly an option if you like).
By the way, Carolyn McDade’s new collaborative project, called “My Heart Is Moved”, is music based on the Earth Charter. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to be a part of this one, but I’m sure it will be wonderful when it is finished!