Keeping Our Fire Burning

candles-and-handsBy Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

What makes a fire burn

is space between the logs,

a breathing space.
 – Judy Brown

This verse caught my eye the other day when it fell out of a notebook I was using. (The poem is called The Fire, and it was given to participants of the Monastic Institute at St. John’s Abbey last summer.)

It fits with one of my favorite lines, by Catherine of Sienna: Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.

How do we do that? How do we keep our fire burning in the midst of our busyness, our obligations, our plans?

We rebuild it. We add the space, attention and fuel that it needs. We re-balance.

So, let me ask you, are you leaving enough space between your logs? Are you leaving enough space for God?

Are you leaving enough space to hear the small, quiet voice that calls you out of your busy, busy life?

Contact me anytime: or (309) 283-2300. ❤

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