Eileen Caddy (1917-2006) seems always to be right on time with daily meditations. Mindful that our lives actually are pilgrimages, I was struck by her words: “Without faith you cannot travel this spiritual path.”
She continues her reflection in Opening Doors Within: “Open your heart and keep the love flowing, no matter how difficult life may appear to be on the surface. Rise above your outer conditions and circumstances into those realms where all is light, all is peace, all is perfection, and there is no separation. You have to make the choice to do it, and then you have to do it. Allow nothing from without to depress you. See that glorious silver lining behind every dark cloud, and concentrate on it until the cloud is no more. Learn to soar like a lark, up, up into the heights, singing songs of praise and thanksgiving. Be not anchored to the ways of the world, to the materialism in life. It is the ways of the Spirit that matter. Start right now to live by the Spirit and walk in the ways of the Spirit.”
On this Wednesday after Sunday’s commemoration of the Baptism of Jesus and the Renewal of our Baptismal Vows and each day of our lives (The Book of Common Prayer, 292, hyperlink to https://www.bcponline.org/SpecialDays/EasterVigil.html#vows), may we find encouragement and peace in knowing that our faith makes us well. Indeed, without faith, we cannot travel the spiritual path. God lives within and around our bodies, present every step of the way.
– The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector