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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The New Creation




THIS YOUNG FELLOW is a Russian monk. The bear is wild: not a circus bear, not a photo-shopped bear, not an orphaned bear domesticated from birth, not a drugged bear, not a stuffed bear. We might think of the story of Saint Seraphim of Sarov who be-friended wild animals in the forest and Saint Francis of Assisi who calmed the wild wolf at Gubbio. 

I can't explain how this happens, but we can wonder. Perhaps the monk is inwardly so reconciled with God, himself, other people, animate and inanimate things that he lives in something of the original creation of Genesis. 

Psalm 51:10 says, Create for me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. I suppose if one prays that prayer often, and desires that renewed heart, the results shouldn't surprise us. 

I imagine this monk has a de-militarized heart, that he doesn't wear masks and has no hidden agenda. I imagine he is a reconciler, free of greed and selfish preoccupations. I imagine he isn't a hater, is humble enough to say I'm sorry and has the desires of God as his priority. He clearly is a happy man.

I'm looking at this monk sharing a hug with a wild bear and imagining a world without guns, rockets, bombs and grenades.


7 comments:

  1. You really can't know what is inside someone. We can only surmise.

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  2. And I'd like to imagine that this capacity to be utterly at one - is inside each human person.

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  3. I like to share you vision Father. Peace from within. At peace with nature. A world at peace. Amen.

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  4. I wonder if this monk feels any danger. Sometimes when we give our love freely, we risk being hurt and broken. Blessed are those that are brave enough to expose their hearts to the risk of rejection in the hopes that their love will make the difference.

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  5. To be Christian, to be formed by a new vision of God, and to then go on mission to a world so dark and divided by confusion, pride, hatred, and prejudice. That God’s mercy and forgiveness, which is the heart of Christianity, is available for all who would embrace their own invitation to follow the Lord, regardless of who they are. Our response should be one of no hesitation to take up the same baton. Like passing the Olympic torch from one runner to another we now carry that light from those before us.

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  6. Wouldn't it be something to meet that monk. He must practice holiness everyday. I think if we were to look more closely, we would find more people who practice holiness.

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  7. Oh yes! I also saw a picture of a Greek monk who feeds deer out of a bowl while he holds it for them. And a Buddhist monk who sits in the middle of a herd of deer and they all lay down and rest around him.

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