Posted by: wordofthevine | November 30, 2017

Having an Eye For Beauty!

I have been reflecting on the spiritual gifts of women lately, especially through the writings of Saint and theologian, Edith Stein or St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross as she is also called. I wish I had reread my own book before Thanksgiving. With the larger family gathering, I let myself react to some old hurt feelings and while my behavior was alright, I suffered in my heart when I had to interact. Now, with a day of time to myself, I wish that I could have just shrugged off the relative’s grouchiness towards me and stayed more my positive self. I needed to remember that I may have come along to help transform the situation and touch the grouchy one with God’s grace.Well, one positive is that I also learned what irritated this relative in my behavior.

In my book, Awakening a Life-giving Heart: Insights for Women who Pray for the Church, I summarized Edith Stein’s thoughts and wrote, “Women more often saw life as an integrated whole and sought to formulate a total picture of things so that they can create beauty and harmony around them.This vision for order and harmonious interaction seemed to call forth a profound inner strength and give her (Edith Stein’s) female students an eye for beauty that sustained them, even in the midst of suffering.”

What about you, have you been able to keep your eye on this goal of enduring suffering in the pursuit of harmonious relationships? Have you noticed a greater awareness of beauty around you that sustains you? Maybe this can be our goal today, to endure the difficult interactions that we may encounter to draw those around us to harmony and beauty? ~ Mary

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