With Every Breath
by Sister Elaine Simard
How do I give joyful witness to LOVE with every breath? By visualizing and seeing the whole CREATION as ONE, as ONE ULTIMATE HEARTBEAT in everything I am, in everything I do! Simple truth but yet challenging!
Once, Teilhard de Chardin said: To love is to discover and complete one’s self in someone other than one self!
Well, after more than three decades of embarking on this beautiful and yet challenging journey of love with the Sisters of Charity , this quotation of this great philosopher resonates even more than ever in my heart as we experience enormous challenges, drastic changes, uncertainties especially during this time of pandemic.
So many challenges to face in a troubled and unsettled world marked by divisions, envy and hatred, hurts and abuses in our church, and a planet out of breath, caused by greed, selfishness and ignorance.
So many obstacles to overcome at this time in our history, but yet, if we really believe and I mean truly believe that we are ONE, ONE BREATH with GOD in this wonderful and challenging story of LOVE, the window of possibilities and of opportunities, proves to be LIMITLESS!!!
We are a small but infinite part of that LOVE that cannot be contained, that manifested itself through an explosion of HEARTBEATS, that still to this day, continues to shape and fashion our beautiful Universe.
We need to come HOME and to own this TRUTH deep within our hearts and to believe that we are God’s greatest reflection here on earth and that we are ONE with this great mystery of LOVE. In the “NOW where LOVE breathes”.
The challenge of our time resides in our ability and capacity to visualize and integrate this TRUTH in our every daily life.My heart beats in YOU, YOURS in mine, OURS in every living being, in the whole CREATION, and in the GREAT HEARTBEAT that contains the ESSENCE of life. Breathe and let us frequently call to mind this truth and ACT on it in everything we do. Let’s make it the main focus of our lives as we allow it to energize us in our mission.
I once heard ”LOVE is just a word till someone gives it MEANING”!
So, let us dare to take the road less traveled and behave in such a way that in our company, time is measured not so much by seconds or minutes, but rather by HEARTBEATS!
Now, let me ask you Sisters, when we hear the cries of the poor, will people remember us in our effort to bring comfort, hope and loving care to the stranger, the refugee, the homeless, the sick, the aged and the lonely?
Will people remember us in our tireless effort to bring a loving presence to those children who come from broken families and those young people enslaved by addictions of all kinds, to recognize their self worth and their importance in our society?
Will people remember us in our ministry of social justice, in our effort to address racism in our world? To bring dignity and a fair distribution of the Earth’s wealth to people of different race, color, religion, gender and culture?
Will people remember us Sisters of Charity for having the courage to name and to acknowledge our faults, wrong doings, hurts, and abuses of the past to the Indigenous community? Andfor our tireless effort to bring justice and equality in an over powerful institutional church?
Last but not least, will people remember us Sisters in the URGENCY and our effort to make the WORLD aware of the need to CARE for Mother Earth, our planet that is OUT of BEAT and practically OUT of BREATH?
Let’s enter into the COSMIC dance of billions of heartbeats with the SOURCE of ALL, Jesus the COSMIC CHRIST! Let’s make joyful noise to SPARK and to REVIVE the BROKEN and DEFICIENT hearts of our world! Keep up the BEAT, girls and let’s not give up! There’s still hope and countless opportunities as we try to breathe in UNISON! Now, let’s go into the world to give witness to love with every breath as we read the beautiful poem” ONLY BREATH” of Rumi, the Afghanistan writer and I quote:
Not Christian or Jew or Muslim,
Not Hindu Buddhis, Sufi, or Zen.
Not any religion or cultural system.
I am not from the East or the West,
Nor out of the ocean or up from the ground,
Not natural or ethereal,
Not composed of elements at all.
I do not exist, am not an entity in this world or in the next. My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. Neither body or soul.
First, last, outer, inner, I am ONLY BREATH. BREATHE.
We are ONE!!!