Dear Sisters and Associates,
We are most grateful to the Bicentennial Steering Committee for providing us with the monthly reflections on Vincent and Louise which allowed us to join with the Vincentian Family in celebrating the 350th anniversary of their deaths. Now that those are completed, and in the spirit of the community’s call for our preparation for our Bicentennial to deepen our spirituality, we once again will begin to send weekly quotes from mystics.
Each Monday during October and November you will receive a reflection by email. This time we will focus on contemporary mystical writers as well as Eastern mystics. These weekly reflections will take us up to Advent when our hearts will turn once more to the celebration of the coming of Christ into our midst.
Let us hold each other in prayer and unite in our reflection on these mystics as we strive together to deepen our personal and communal spirituality.
Mary Elizabeth Susan Teresa
“The great majority of people use their own short-sighted ideas as a yardstick for measuring the divine omnipotence.”
Therese of Lisieux (1873-97)
Humble, insignificant, “little,” as she perceived herself, Therese was in some ways a rather traditional woman, marked by that female obedience and dutiful submissiveness that were part of nineteenth century bourgeois expectations. Yet there was another tenacious and irrepressible side to her character, evident from her strong will and desire, impossible to realize, to be a missionary perhaps, or even a priest.
From Christian Mystics by Ursula King