"Be still and BE."I'm spending time with the St. Francis de Sales these days. His words on gentleness, and examples of this way of being, are continually emerging in my life; combined with the line "Be still and BE" that I received in an email this morning, this all speaks loudly to my heart and mind.
A simple Salesian phrase from the Visitation Sisters' co-founder that feels connected to this line comes to mind:
"All is gentle to the gentle." --St Francis de Sales (LR VI 28)I believe that when we allow stillness, simple breathing and an emptying of our hearts and minds to occur, that a gentleness may wash over us.
I swore, and then started crying. I don't like my child to experience me in such a state, but it is my humanity at work, and so what else is there, but to then be gentle with myself, her and respond as I am able. In the moment, I placed my 15 month old daughter in her high chair, and took all the soiled linens to the basement and sprayed them with stain remover.
When I returned, she was staring at me, and all I could see were the piles of dirty dishes in the sink, the unwashed countertops, an ajar back door: things that needed my attention. I was even more mad. And still: crying.
I could hear this Salesian priest speak to me: The more mercy we require, the more we receive.
I spoke to the knives in the kitchen drawer: I need a lot of mercy right now! Patience! Gentleness! Please?
And my child stood in her high chair, reaching her arms out to me.
That was two and a half hours ago. It's amazing what moving through moments, consciously, prayerfully, full of angst is all about.
"Be still and BE."