December 4, 2020
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December 22, 2020

By Sister Julie Myers, OSF 

Words matter. They mean something, even if used in a joking manner. Deep down words hold an element of truth, no matter how we use them. Take some of the “catch-phrases” we hear on tv shows or on social; sometimes those words or phrases catch on and get repeated in various ways, yet other times they hold no traction and simply dissipate.

Last December Caroline Flack coined a powerful phrase on Instagram and it found a place in social media posts, outdoor signage, presentations, and even our own vocabulary. Caroline wrote: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

 “In a world where you can be anything, be kind!” Sit with this admonition for a moment. Think about the power, passion, and pain packed into these ten words.

Kindness is a virtue so desperately needed in our world today. Spend any amount of time reading the newspaper, scrolling through social media, or surfing the web and you’ll become keenly aware of its fading presence. Our current world of politics and pandemic has challenged and stretched the character of people. Opinion has replaced openness, theory has replaced truth, and my-side has replaced the middle ground where conversation used to happen.

How did our world become so broken? How can the gift of faith redirect us and bring healing? What one thing can I do to make a positive, joyful difference in my corner of the world?

I receive a hundred emails a day—well, maybe that’s a little exaggerated but I do get a lot. During this time of Advent, I receive emails from various religious groups providing content for prayer and reflection—and I need those helpful resources to grow and deepen in my own spiritual life!

Two of my favorite sources that I really appreciate are from:

These two sources never fail to provide content that provokes thought and feeds the soul.

In his recent writings (of course I’m pulling them out of their full context) Fr. Rohr wrote:

“I believe that the Spirit of God works everywhere to bring and restore aliveness—through individuals, communities, institutions, and movements.” And in a separate reflection he wrote: “we all have God-given gifts to use for the common good”; “our task is to give birth to Christ in our world.”

 I find this great food for thought and reflection, and invite you to chew on these words. How is the Spirit of God working in your life to bring about aliveness? What are you doing to clean your inner space to prepare for the Word of God, to give birth to Christ through your choice of the words you use, the actions you take and the way you engage with others?

Let’s help each other on this journey for the common good and give freely of the virtue of kindness every chance we get!

Sister Julie Myers

Religious Life Reaching the Online Community

Sister Julie MyersWe are all called by God to be our best selves and, if opened to the grace, to serve in ways far beyond our imagining. Sr Julie’s vocational journey reflects this statement as she has utilized her gifts and talents as a physical therapist assistant, sacristan, vocation minister and now as Program Director for A Nun’s Life Ministry.

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9 months ago

Good point, Julie. Remember the old rhyme…sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me…oh, yes they will
and thanks for the reminder that words can heal as well !!! smt

Sr Julie Myers
9 months ago

Thanks for commenting! Kindness is the in thing for 2021!!!

Sister Irie
9 months ago

Julie, I reread your words twice to get the full message you were putting across. WOW! So much to think about. I made a copy for myself to use during these few days left of Advent to take time and reflect on. Thank you so much for your insight and unique way to refresh our thinking and self examination. I always look forward to your reflections.

Sr. Julie
9 months ago
Reply to  Sister Irie

Thanks so much; I’m touched by your comment!

Sharon Havelak
9 months ago

Thanks, again, for an insightful blog, Julie! You offer much to ponder,

Sr. Julie
9 months ago
Reply to  Sharon Havelak

You are most welcome. Writing is always a dance with the spirit! Thanks much!!

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