Longing

I learned to value and appreciate the liturgical year when I first entered the convent.  Those early days of training focused a lot on the liturgical seasons. We steeped ourselves in the Scriptural readings of the day and seasonal music.  It was there I identified the grace of longing.  Ahh, I thought. I am an Advent woman.  Longing and waiting have been a key faith identifier within me to this day.

Whatever does that have to do with this Christmastide?  Again, in the Novitiate years, I came across a great spiritual writer:  Rainer Maria Rilke and his ‘Letter to a Young Man.’  I have leaned into this quote of his for decades now.   “. .  celebrate Christmas in this devout feeling, that perhaps God needs this very anguish of yours in order to begin, . . .  It has not always been ‘anguish’.  Though this year there has been plenty of that in the world.  I often substitute the word ‘longing’ in there.  Each day as I set out anew, I ponder how am I longing, what am I longing for this day?  Where my treasure/longing/anguish is, there is My Heart.  Do you know your deepest longing?  How might you celebrate it?

KC Young, OP 

Kirkland, WA 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Nuns can have nose rings? (and other frequently asked questions)

Attachment vs Detachment

Forgiveness