she will say no, or even worse she
will say yes and you will disappoint
her, betray her, not be good enough
for her? Believe me, I sat many
hours over that question before I
got down on my knees to ask it.
Perhaps that was the first time I
really tried to listen to something
beyond and under my usual fervid
mental and emotional burble. And
sitting quietly, trying to listen to the
very deepest music inside myself,
I came to know that she was the
woman to ask, even as I also knew,
full well and beyond a doubt, that
marriage to her would be complex
and bruising sometimes, confusing
and painful, tense and strained, and
there was no assurance of it lasting.
But it would be deeper, in pain and
in joy, and I knew finally that the
best me was the young man who
had the guts to ask that question of
that young woman, without having
any idea of her answer.
Big questions: Should we continue to try to have children? Small
questions: Should I drive away from
the parking lot and pretend I did
not scratch that car? Big questions:
Can I let go of my fear and fury at
a terribly wayward child and seek
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In 1866 Saint Thérèse Couderc, the Foundress of the Cenacle Sisters,
had a vision of the Goodness of God. Today, over 150 years later, in Laudato Si’
Pope Francis invites us to gaze on the whole creation with eyes that see Goodness.
Come join us in living out this vision!
How do you make
these choices? How do
you listen to the Voice?
My quiet, muddled
advice: Be silent.
Brother Tim Smyth, CFC | Coordinator of Young Adult Ministry
Edmund Rice Christian Brothers | firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you . . .
Friendly and outgoing
Aware of the needs
Willing to give
Willing to do yourself
and us a favor?
possibility of being
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