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Joyful displeasure

Posted by Simon Parke, 28 March 2018, 6.00am

St Therese of Lisieux once spoke gently; and she gently spoke these words.

‘If you are willing to serenely bear the trial of being displeasing to yourself, then you will be for Jesus a pleasant place of shelter.’

She speaks gently because she isn’t demanding self-hate or self-punishment. These paths lead nowhere but the soul’s oblivion.

Instead, she simply invites us to allow for error in ourselves, to permit cracks in our shiny self-image.

How easy is that for you?

Our meditation today is towards allowing the cracks in our protective shell of perfection; a shell polished and maintained by our frightened ego.

Others can help us, by not creating a climate of blame. Such climates kill.

But it’s best of all when we can create our own climate, one transcends that created by others.

Cracks are OK.

As Leonard Cohen sang, ‘There is a crack in everything, it’s how the light gets in.’

I wish you such light and joy today.

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