Monday, March 31, 2014

More on Resilience

Before March slips over into April,
let's reflect a little more on resilience.

Here is a book about resilience.  It is easy to find your life in these pages even though it is about Clarissa's uncle who, after being wounded and broken in spirit by war, returns  to life through planting trees and gardening.  In this lovely  book, The Faithful Gardener, Clarissa Pinkola Estes says,

"Something is waiting
for you to make ground for it
so that it can make  
its full presence known." 

She calls her story: a wise tale about that which can never die.  I cannot speak for you (and I know that our stories and our scars are uniquely our own) yet I have experienced a hope and a resilience in myself that seems immortal.  

During the rest of this Lenten season perhaps we could take some time to ponder and pray about what gift we have that is waiting to make its full presence known.  How do we need to prepare the soil of our hearts so that a new presence can be born in our lives?  What do you need to make ground for?   You've heard of 'breaking ground'  and ordinarily that means something new is rising.  

Happy Ground Breaking!


  1. I am so glad I have found your blog Macrina. A Tree Full of Angels is one of my favorite spiritual books. I just read this morning on Gratefulness. org, "Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb."
    Thank you for sharing the beauty of your should with us.

  2. Eager to learn what April's word is.

  3. I'm sorry it has taken me so long to offer you April's word. Perhaps May will be better.