for us westerners: love

November 5, 2008

St. Catherine of Siena in her Dialogues pictures the spiritual life as a large tree:

The trunk of the tree is love.

She says the core of the tree, that middle part that must be alive for the rest of the tree to be alive, is patience.

The roots of the tree are self-knowledge.

The branches, reaching out into the air, are discernment.

In other words, says Catherine, love does not happen without patience, self-knowledge and discernment.

In the western world, when the real issues arise, there is no spiritual discernment, little self-knowledge and almost no patience. Whatever the mass consciousness is, our people just kind of slip into it. And we lose another chance to love.

*taken from richard rohr’s Daily Meditations

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One Response to “for us westerners: love”

  1. rick Says:

    I like that, nice find Lacey.

    Recently I’m understanding peace as that part of me that always knows I’m an expression of God, all, universe, creative force, insert ‘your’ term whether my actions/attitudes reflect that reality or not. Maybe that’s part of the self-knowledge and discernment Rohr mentions…maybe not.


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