Restoration

Restoration

Posted July 04, 2013 in My Dear Family:
Before You Move to the Country

by Catherine Doherty.

As I sit before my lovely large cross in my cabin on the island, I wonder what has happened to us as human beings.

All of us hunger for the open spaces and the simple life—but few people do anything about it.

As I sit before my lovely large cross in my cabin on the island, I wonder what has happened to us as human beings.

All of us hunger for the open spaces and the simple life—but few people do anything about it.

As I go lecturing to the busy, crowded world of cities and suburbs, I hear the cry—like a dirge, like a dark refrain through some inner, unsung melody—"Oh, if we could only get out of this rat race and live someplace where it is peaceful, quiet and close to nature."

Yet, before one can really implement this desire, one must begin a pilgrimage of opening one’s eyes and unplugging one’s ears.

This pilgrimage begins with prayer to Christ who made the blind man see and opened the ears of a deaf man. Before you can find peace outside yourself, you must have silence and quiet in your heart and in your mind.

Then, when your eyes are opened and your ears are unplugged, you will see the birds that come to perch on your windowsills or on the tiny handkerchief lawn that is in front of your house.

Then you will notice the lonely lilac bush that blooms in the yard next door or in the park. Like St. Francis of Assisi, you will find many little animals and birds to talk to, right where you live.

What is more important, you might even learn to listen to them. If you do, I guarantee they will tell you many secrets of God and many secrets about people.

It is wonderful, of course, to get into the open and talk to wild animals, but not everyone can do this. But there are birds and animals in the city if only we have the eyes to see and the peace in our hearts to listen.

—Adapted from Welcome, Pilgrim, (1991), pp.48-49, out of print.

 

 

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