...self care is never a selfish act- it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.

Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

Friday, March 29, 2013

His eyes save me*

  I am no great improvement 
on the men who killed the Savior. 
All I can say is, "Lord, I am a sinner. 
Be merciful to me." I hear him answer gently, 
"You are precious to my heart, my child." 
Whatever could he mean by that? 
 I use his eyes to find out what he sees in me that,
even while he knows my sinfulness, he says, "You are precious to my heart." 
With those same eyes I look at "sinners"
 --the Hitlers and Stalins of our times. 
 I look at people I dislike...reject.
 Maybe I need those eyes of his 
to bring me to compassion 
and save me from the Pharisee in me. 

 *From Anthony De Mello,
 excerpted from "The Darkness," in  Wellsprings 

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