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courage beyond ego

Clare of Assisi spoke of “the mirror of the cross” in which she saw in the tragic death of Jesus our own human capacity for violence and, yet, our great capacity for love. Empty in itself, the mirror simply absorbs an image and returns it to the one who gives it. Discovering ourselves in the mirror of the cross can empower us to love beyond the needs of the ego or the need for self-gratification. ~Ilia Delio

It takes enormous courage to live the Christian gospel, which is so quintessentially a path of “dying before you die.” It takes tremendous courage to move forward in hope, knowing “whether I live or die, I am the Lord’s.” This courage is beyond the capacity of the ego, and a Christianity lived only ego-deep will ultimately betray itself. ~Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope


Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero… Santo de América!

Today, May 23, 2015, the world celebrates the beatification of the beloved Archbishop Oscar Romero.  My Salvadoran friends and their guests are gathering at the Plaza Salvador del Mundo in San Salvador.  And heaven and earth are bowing.

Note:  After finishing the journal page and scheduling this post, I received an e-mail from Bishop Medardo Gomez of the Lutheran Church of El Salvador.  He included the quote in Spanish, “Resucitaré en mi pueblo.”  I realize now that I would have preferred to use that.


Isaiah 53:4-6

Isaiah 53:4-6

Surely he has borne our infirmities
    and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
    struck down by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
    crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
    and by his bruises we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have all turned to our own way,
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.