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This talk starts and ends with a mystery, so I can’t tell all without spoiling that surprise. In the middle, I talk about why it can be so hard to receive the love of God. Can you think of two different ways to avoid each of these ways of being loved?
1. Know Yourself
2. Receive the Person
3. Accept Loving Discipline
I can! And those two ways help show us the way back to that Love who awaits us full courteously (as Juliana of Norwich would say). The first group to hear this talk got a poem from me, in addition to that mystery substance. Here’s a taste of “Let Yourself be Loved” :
Like sweet sap yearning out from root to branch, let Love rise in and remain in me. Like patient minerals petrifying wood, let Love transform my substance into love. Like insistent blood prevailing over numbed limbs, let Love awaken me to living pain. Like unimpeded torrents condescending to the sea, let Love wash past and draw me to deep rest.
There’s more where that came from, if you like poetry. I realize it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but there are things that just can’t be said any other way. Here’s a collection of my talks that feature poetry, poems, or poetic formation.
Here’s an example of the lengths I’ll go to to create a new talk for someone. For the Women of St. Ignatius, I adapted three other talks (High Resolution Beauty; A Prayer, A Poem, A Person, A Place; and Let Yourself be Loved) to create one powerful blast of affirmation of womanhood.
The Holy Spirit wants women BEAUTIFUL, EFFECTIVE, and POWERFUL. I love the way these three words have layers and layers of meaning and associations. These ladies are really great listeners and just egged me on with their enthusiasm. I was so tickled when they invited me back to speak, as WOSI is a rare, responsive, receptive audience. I find myself pulling out all the stops and giving 110%.
I just love women who are becoming more and more fully realized as they mature. Just as Mary is a manifestation of what the Holy Spirit is doing in the world, women answering His call are showing us His glory. It’s such a pleasure to have something to give to women, knowing they are multiplying out into the world all that comes their way.
Here’s a great message about how we sometimes misunderstand what God is saying to us…so important to hear His real message!