A monk friend from Eastern Europe told me these days how his monastery is coping with increased expenses for bills. Every evening, the lights are turned off and candles are lit in the meeting and prayer places.
His brothers are not enthusiastic about it, there are many complaints about the world situation, about government decisions, about the lack of concern for the community. However, he is in his seventies and tells me: ‘When I became a monk we had no electricity, and almost no other comforts. Every evening we lit candles and the whole monastery was filled with deep peace. Our prayers, our hearts were immersed in God without resistance. Now I watch these young people chattering away, and I wonder if so many years of light have not blinded them to the gifts that the journey brings us.”
How right he is. Every adversity that life puts before us touches our hearts and weighs our hope and fear. So that each one may consider himself punished by his destiny or put in a position to fulfil it.
Remember this: the more your Heart opens the more Beauty you are able to see in the world, and the more Beauty you are able to see the more your Heart will open.
A candlelight embrace
A gift to transform the fears of this period:
How to turn fear into desire: https://youtu.be/GwbUYgpjuLQ