Most people are not very well practiced in the art of “Know Thyself,” as the forecourt of the temple of Apollo at Delphi famously proclaimed. How do we really ever get to know the me that is inside? Those in the Western world who are interested usually seek outside help, from psychologists and psychiatrists to self-help gurus and New Age books. From Eastern spirituality, we have the method of retreating inward, meditation and yoga being a few of the techniques.
October 2, 2012
Sunday, September 29, 2012
|Maryknoll Sisters Motherhouse|
This past week, something significant came to my attention. I watched on TV as scores of people were camping out in thestreets in sleeping bags and tents, just like the millions of homeless here in the United States. However, unlike the homeless, these people were not harassed or vacated. They were allowed to stay, as they had a home to return to and money in their pockets.
|St. Therese of Lisieux|
Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Therese of Liseux. She was born in 1873 in France and lived for only 24 years. She was known, mostly through her autobiography in The Story of a Soul, for her simplicity and absolute trust in the love of God. Our readings today reflect her simplicity. Isaiah and the Psalms speak of one finding comfort in Jerusalem, the source and center of Jewish faith and life, as a child finds comfort in the chest of a mother.