I am there for you

I'll be preaching tomorrow at an interfaith service during the Clam Festival and along with Luke 10:38-42 (Mary and Martha), we'll be reading what follows.

I AM THERE FOR YOU – Thich Nhat Hanh,
“Living Buddha, Living Christ”

The most
precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When our mindfulness
embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. If you love someone but
you rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love. When
your beloved is suffering, you need to recognize her suffering, anxiety, and
worries, and just by doing that, you already offer some relief. Mindfulness
relieves suffering because it is filled with understanding and compassion. When
you are really there, showing your loving-kindness and understanding, the
energy of the Holy Spirit is in you. That is why I told the priest in Florence
that mindfulness is very much like the Holy Spirit. Both of them help us touch
the ultimate dimension of reality. 
Mindfulness helps us touch nirvana, and the Holy Spirit offers us to the
door of the Trinity. 


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2 thoughts on “I am there for you

  1. mompriest

    I bought and read this book in 1996 (or somethng like that) while I was still in seminary. It had a profound impact on my faith formation, especially as I have meditated and tried to practice mindfulness for years before and since. I think this is an excellent reading to accompany Mary and Martha – uhm, in fact, it’s kinda where I went with my sermon…LOL

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