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The living Spirit
I have seen the sun break through to illuminate a small field for a while, and gone my way and forgotten it.
This is how Providence acts to direct the activity of the human spirit. When winter begins, it looks like all vegetables will die. The wind sweeps away flowers and leaves, but it keeps something hidden, dry and powdery: the seeds and all plant life are found inside.
There is an inspiring sermon of St Francis de Sales in which he says, “the throne of God’s mercy is the misery of man.” God could not be merciful – he would almost be denied that quality – if there were not people like you and me to be merciful to.
To be converted” means to follow Jesus, to walk with him, on his way. But let us again insist on the fact that God “brings us back”, converts us. Conversion is not human self-realisation, and man is not the architect of his own life.
Prayer for me is always full of memory, of recollection, even the memory of my own history, or of what the Lord has done in his Church or in a particular parish …