April 24, 2021

My grandmother was quite possibly the most intuitive person I have ever known: without measuring, she could consistently add the exact right amount of pasta to a pot of boiling water; her refrigerator was a collection of dozens of differently-shaped containers of delicious foods that fit just right among the various shelves and drawers; she always had the right thing to say; she always knew the right time to act.  In a world that is obsessed with an intellectual and technical version of things, she revealed to me that there is a deeper and truer way to live.  Her intuition, however, was not just a personality trait, but rather a faculty of her soul that developed over time through practices like attendance at daily Mass, regular recitation of the rosary, and prayerful reflection.  Indeed, this process of removing all of the specks of dust opens up in us a knowledge that is so pure and so good that we will never rely on our exalted discursive mode of thinking again. We can especially trust this intuition if we, like my grandmother, have taken up the interior cross as the purifying agent that refines our thinking and allows resurrected light to shine forth on the other side. Let us therefore take a risk on these depths and become grandmothers in our own right, as we build up the human family with our love. Ave Crux, Spes Unica!

2 thoughts on “April 24, 2021

  1. Loved this passage on your Grandma!!!! Thank you so very much! Would you please send me a copy of your talk–which I missed! Though I am VERY grateful for your expertise in seeingus through this fine History Conference of 2021 Also loved the History Conference!!! Please thank everyone involved!!! Gratefully, and with prayer, Margaret Shield csc

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