A Still Lake

Beauty and cruelty are a painful paradox that we each must learn how to reconcile. So much of life is contradiction and chaos. Only in stillness and prayer can harmony emerge from the confusion. In stillness we feel the movement of God’s Spirit transforming our hearts.

The more aware I become of the perfection of Christ, the better I am able to see my own imperfections. Being able to look beyond imperfections—your own and others—is the key to being happy. The merciful see the best in everything. A pure heart is like a still lake which reflects the majesty of God. Our lack of reverence is destroying earth and crippling relationships.

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4 Responses to “A Still Lake”


  1. 1 zooey891 November 4, 2014 at 5:25 am

    A still lake on the surface and all kinds of activity beneath. So is it only a façade? It leaves me to believe that the earth from outer space looks peaceful and still. And it’s not. So stillness must be a Grace from God as in our reality life is chaos. All of us must reach that inner tranquility, which is God, if there is to be any real stillness

  2. 2 Kristen November 4, 2014 at 9:04 am

    “The merciful see the best in everything” — and in everyone. That is such a beautiful sentence! In an interview he did in 2013, Pope Francis said:

    I have a dogmatic certainty: God is in every person’s life. God is in everyone’s life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else – God is in this person’s life. You can, you must try to seek God in every human life. Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.

    It is a great gift and a great challenge to recognize the beauty and the divine in the midst of chaos and destruction, in the midst of the thorns. But this is how we are called to see each other. How grateful I am that God sees the good in the midst of my own thorns!

    Thank you for this message today!

  3. 3 Louis November 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Gerry, just cracking open the new book. I noticed in your list that OFS’s (Patti Normile, for example) are not listed with their “call letters” (ie, OFS). What gives? 😉

    -Lou

  4. 4 Louis November 6, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I do not mean that to sound confrontational (if it does). 😮


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