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I have probably shared this before, but these Cistercian words speak very much to where I am after walking the Cistercian Way. I am sure it will speak to others as well:
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
A good road to walk.
I made a physical journey today to the doctor’s surgery to get my knee checked over. It is hurting much less now and – obviously – I was able to complete that last important week of walking. Good news. It is some wear to the cartilage. Nothing to worry about or to stop me walking and cycling. If I get another acute episode, I am to go back and they will MRI scan it. It is healing. This gives me confidence.
Today is All Saints Day. I am reading a helpful and insightful book by Mark O’Keefe, The Way of Transformation: Saint Teresa of Avila on the Foundation and Fruit of Prayer. This looks at Teresa’s teaching and spirituality through the integral lens of moral theology; it’s about how praying transforms our living, and how living well transforms our praying. My insights are deepening.
As I walk on with all this, here is Santa Teresa striding out from The Encarnacion with her great and determined determination:
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