Thursday, December 13

Categories: Advent Reflections

Anthony DeMello, SJ, says those who are aware react less and act more. When we are aware we understand that whether we have honor or disgrace, success or failure or if we make a fool of ourselves—it does not matter.

DeMello memorized a life–changing saying: “When the archer shoots for no particular prize, he has all his skill; when he shoots to win a brass buckle, he is already nervous; when he shoots for a gold prize, he goes blind, sees two targets, and is out of his mind. His skill has not changed, but the prize divides him. He cares. He thinks more of winning than of shooting, and the need to win drains him of power.”

In this new awareness, I am free to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and free to admit when I am wrong. St. Lucy kept the eyes of her faith on the LOVE of her life even when deprived of sight. Begin each new day with this awareness. Remember each new day is NEW.

SLW Jeannette Daniel and Judiann Derhake
Bunkie, Louisiana