Simply Saturday: Time for Joy

butterfly-animated
I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

The butterfly counts not months but moments,
and has time enough.

(Rabindranath Tagore, 1861 – 1941)

12 thoughts on “Simply Saturday: Time for Joy

  1. Yes, it looks very good, C; I would love to read it. Thanks for that link, JT (sorry for the delay; anything with a link usually gets held back). I’m not surprised Mother Teresa came to mind, JT; who better, when one reads a line like, “I acted and behold, service was joy.”

  2. Exactly! Well, I wish we were starting that book tonight.. this new one which I haven’t even found yet (and is going to be long), couldn’t possibly compare, you know? Yet it now seems Providential to have seen this, since I must go to the bookstore today anyhow.. (Is this why I couldn’t find our assigned book anywhere thus far? Would the Lord be giving me the best of all possible worlds again? ) Oh, He’s quite radical that way, yes, and apparently with even the least deserving.. indeed, thank you, JT.

  3. Ah, you’re on to another book already, C; the time goes by so quickly. Hope you have a great browse around the bookstore and find the one you need for tonight! I’m off to work now; wish you a great day and rewarding bookclub evening.

  4. Thank you🙂 Have a wonderful day (if possible– to my kind of Irish, “work” is darned near a tragedy!) I was just reading reviews on Mother Teresa’s book, and some advise against it simply because she asked these letters not be revealed. What would she say now, tho’, if her dark night is truly consoling and fortifying others? One reviewer sums up her way beautifully: “She placed her faith in Christ rather than placing her faith in her faith. Entrusting her soul to an invisible Savior, the world saw Christ in her even when she could not see Christ in the world.”

  5. Maybe she was afraid that some people would lose faith if they knew what she went through, but since we know the saints want to help us so much, I’m sure she has a better view of it from the heavenly side. There is a chapter, I think it was called Joy in the Darkness or something similar – without even having read it I’ll bet it’s safe to say that chapter alone would be of immense help to many.

  6. Most surprisingly, the book discussion is not! It’s more a faith-sharing that is hardly based on the book; I think that’s just acting as a springboard, but we’ll see. So far, the gathering is (truly) thrilling –two veil-less Sisters, two decent laywomen (one freshly De Colores’d!), a clerics-less deacon, and me. Long story short, guess which of us mused aloud that if she were a Religious, she’d consider a habit one of her best friends? One reason would be so as to silently (charitably) draw a line of propriety (for lack of a better word at this moment) that wouldn’t quickly or easily be crossed from either side, to better keep Jesus the true, happy and more healing focus/presence in any scene or conversation. I was told quite humorously that neither the veil nor clerics is what does that, but I also heard something sweet about the Him-value of unadorned Catholic laity living in the midst of this world.

    I agree with your statement above fully. As soon as the Lord makes Mother’s book available to me, I’ll plunge into it. Meanwhile, the anticipation of that is soulfully delicious; all the way to grace is grace, and I will never understand such a bottomless gift.

  7. Well, whether it’s a book discussion or a faith-sharing, it’s a joy and very uplifting to have a supportive little group of like-minded people to get together with on a regular basis. I’m sure the Holy Spirit is there with you to guide the sharing in ways that help you all or perhaps even targets a particular person on a particular evening in a way only known to themselves. I think it’s the same when we have a little group of blogging friends for sharing and support.

  8. Ironically, that’s why I came online– our little meetings had fallen by the wayside with transfers of various priests. This meeting is just once a month, and meanwhile, I guess we’re at that age where we’re drafted into benefits, but I’ve already heard the sweetest thing; one of us (not me) even when little used to move way over to the edge of the bed and sleep there, having made all the room possible for the Holy Family. 🙂 I am guessing that many of you folks did something like that, too.

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