Perhaps, if we find ourselves aspiring with some sense of urgency toward the transcendent or heavenly, the wisest thing to do would be to simply wait, and patiently rest in the presence of the seeds lying within the ground of our own being. That might mean encountering painful things, but as John’s Gospel reminds us, a grain of wheat must first fall into the ground and die before it can bear fruit.

-Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE

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