I have found a treasure and must tell you about it. A writer I admire very much, Carmen Acevedo Butcher, has provided a translation of women mystics, set into daily readings: A Little Daily Wisdom: Christian Women Mystics (Paraclete Press, 2005, 2008). I am unashamedly using Carmen’s book to find inspiring quotes for our Mystical Monday posts.
Today’s words are perfect for the Easter season:
What you hold, may you always hold.
What you do, may you always do.
Never abandon it.
With the swiftest, lightest steps
that stir no dust
and on feet that don’t stumble,
may you walk securely into the future
with joy and speed
along the path of wisdom, happy.
May your steps be practical and sure,
As the Spirit of the Lord calls you.
—Clare of Assisi, Letters
“May you walk securely into the future with joy and speed along the path of wisdom, happy.” That would be a great subtitle for this blog, but I will allow it to be simply our thought for today. There’s a sense of strength and assurance in this quote, a sense of someone truly owning her life and walking each day straight into it. And her steps are not heavy and worrisome but swift, so light they barely make a mark.
Easter gives us permission to walk in precisely this manner. We can know who we are, rest assured about Who loves us, and take up the daily work we are given to do and the graces that make our gifts possible.
- How do these words of Clare of Assisi compare with how you move through your life right now?
- What phrase or phrases from this quote touch you most deeply, and why?