Simplicity

Pope Francis at MassThis was an unexpected joy. The image is from a post on a new favorite blog: Dating God | Franciscan Spirituality for the 21st Century. The picture “says it all.” You may, however, want to read the post, “Do we honor God or ourselves?” by Daniel P. Horan, OFM.

L:ittle things, simple things, matter. What do you think?

Image: “Vatican News” via Dating God

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Simplicity

Simplicity as a quality of life has often eluded me. It is a quality I would like to improve within myself and around me–in my home and work and play. In this quest I came upon this description of simplicity.

I have learned that living a life of simplicity means holding everything and anything lightly—being ready for whatever is “held” by us to be transmuted by God into something else at a moment’s notice. Those who live a life of simplicity attempt to live continuously acknowledging the power of God to move and control the universe—To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed. Moreover, the best way to learn to “hold” all of God’s creation outside ourselves lightly is to learn to hold our own perceptions, our own stuck places, our own addictions, our own missing of the mark  . . . lightly within ourselves and to be prepared to have it too be transmuted by God.

“Simplicity, Reconciliation and Franciscanism” by John Brockmann in The Franciscan Times, Pentecost 2001.

May we all aspire to hold things lightly that God may create new and marvelous wonders with our help.