Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

Reach back



Dohle-bird-seed-webAt times in all our lives
for reasons perhaps not known,
someone will approach us
their guard let down
perhaps for the first time,
or after many tries but courage lacking,
reaches out seeking something,
when that happens,
reach back
for it allowing ourselves to be loved
and simply being present
we become healers.

We all reach out at times
perhaps not knowing the reason
yet we approach others for friendship
or perhaps just for their company
and when they reach back
we to are healed.

The effect we have on others is hidden,
words have power greater than we know,
the smallest actions
their effect could last for a lifetime
so unknowingly we are all Christ to one another.

So develop compassion and empathy
for those in your life;
Allow clichés to drop,
let boxes to be opened,
and listen to the one before you
see yourself,
also see Christ.

Br. Mark Dohle, OCSO


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