The Heart of Matter: Resting

Tuesday, April 12th

“The events of Holy Week should not be reduced to a re-enacted drama but must be embraced as our deepest reality.  Each of us is called to undergo death if we seek the fullness of life. The death we are called to endure is the death to separation [or the separated self] and toward wholeness. If we truly desire unitive love with God, then we must accept our darkness and what lies there as part of our journey. This is the Christ story in each of us.”
—Ilia Delio, “Pain and New Creation”

“Los oficios de la Semana Santa no deberían reducirse a la recreación de un drama, sino que deben ser asumidos como nuestra realidad más profunda. Todos nosotros estamos llamados a experimentar la muerte si buscamos la plenitud de la vida. La muerte que estamos llamados a soportar es la muerte de la separación [la del yo separado] para ir a hacia la totalidad. Si verdaderamente deseamos un amor unitivo con Dios, tenemos que aceptar nuestra oscuridad y todo lo que yace en ella como una parte de nuestro viaje. Esa es la historia de Cristo en cada uno de nosotros.”
—Ilia Delio, “Pain and New Creation”

Incarnational Practice: Resting

As we enter this Holy Week let us rest in those words as we would in Lectio Divina and discover how and where God is reaching out to us. May we have the courage to also say “into your hands I commend my spirit”.


What is being revealed? What is being moved? What is being asked?

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  1. Annmary Andrews pbvm on April 12, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    God is reaching out to me in nature, through people and revealing constant love and support. It moves my heart to surrender and is asking me to continue to surrender my life to everything that takes place each moment of my life.

  2. joy borum on April 12, 2022 at 10:28 am

    Laughing in joy for the second time this morning after reading your message of today. I began the journaling portion of morning practice asking for help in surrendering more to make more room for God. After then being reminded that it was by Grace that such had happened and was happening, my first reading was also on subject! I’d laughed in joy and wonder then and again now. Thank you and Thank YOU. Amen.

  3. pthomasmcguire on April 12, 2022 at 9:11 am

    Seeing God in those who destroy and kill, means dying to self righteousness.

  4. Mary Jo Selinsky ANG on April 12, 2022 at 8:49 am

    My life is changing with age. My friend with whom I live can no longer bike, hike, or walk. I’m becoming her caregiver. My past dependence on her decisions is morphing into learning to trust my own decisions and feelings – to learn in my depths that it’s OK to be me. It’s a death to my past way of thinking and doing. It’s a looking forward to an unknown and therefore scary future. It’s hard to trust and believe that Holy Mystery is here with me right now, right here.

  5. Darryl Nelson on April 12, 2022 at 8:30 am

    Jesus lived in a land occupied by the Roman invaders and resisted those invaders non-violently. The resurrection story in our time is being played out by many Ukrainians, many of whom are showing non-violent resistance to the Russian invaders and paying the price of death as Jesus did in First Century Palestine. From afar I reflect on the military industrial complex exemplified by corporations such as Lockheed Martin and Raytheon that benefit from continuous wars. It seems too coincidental that one war ends and another begins, without their being covert involvement of governments and corporations likely to benefit. For me, I resist non-violently too. I write many letters and pray for piece and conscientise as many people as I can about the vision of a world without war.


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