On Going With The Flow

Yesterday I intended to ask a number of companies for quotations for the monastery’s insurance and arrange for our car to have a mobile M.O.T. Nothing too strenuous, you see, to allow me to fulfil my monastic duties and deal with a backlog of correspondence. What I actually did was contact a number of builders regarding the urgent replacement of some windows, re-paint a laundry pulley, realise that the end of our financial year is almost upon us (so I’ll have to find a way of dealing with various reports) and performed a corporal work of mercy in the vegetable patch by watering some very dry plants. My guess is that most readers could identify with that in general, if not with the specifics. We are constantly having to drop what we think important in order to deal with the urgent. The secular-minded call it ‘going with the flow’, the more religiously-inclined tend to dignify it as responding to what God asks of us here and now.

Part of me agrees with that, of course. We must always be on the alert for what God is actually asking, rather than what we would like God to be asking; but, to be honest, there are times when we wish that God could have another agenda for us. Unfortunately, dwelling too long on the ‘if onlys’ of life tends to make us selfish. Most of us have more than enough to make us profoundly grateful. I know I do. This morning, as I contemplated my trifling irritations, I was chastened by the thought of what others are suffering: those bewildered by grief; those living in poverty; those who don’t have any security whatsoever. Going with the flow is fine, but it would be an immense pity if it made us indifferent to others or lessened our sense of gratitude for the blessings we enjoy. An obvious thought, perhaps, but we can’t always be deep, can we?

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2 thoughts on “On Going With The Flow”

  1. So refreshing to read. Thank you. You are a nun, and I’m just me, and yet God seems to give each of us difficult agendas, (or should it be agendae?). He must have a good sense of humour. So let’s look up, smile, pray for each other… and get on with it…!

  2. Dear Sister Catherine,
    As they say, there is always someone worse off than oneself. The sadness of life is that there are so many disadvantaged, dispossessed, deprived and disabled people throughout the world who need help but never get it. Our dear Lord loves them no less than ourselves, but looks to those who can to help those who can’t. In this, the energy dissipated on Brexit, wars, hatred and self absorption could and should be devoted to helping those in need.
    Keep spreading the faith for as long as you can and we will try to do our best on your behalf.

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