|WALKING UP THE HILL TO THE GETTY CENTER, |
YOU CAN TAKE THE TRAM BUT I LOVE
THE ANTICIPATION, SMELLS, AND WORK OF THE WALK
"I shall tell you something else which is very important for busy people like you who say they have no time to pray.
Try to look at the reality in which you live--your work, your commitments, your relationships, your meetings, your walks, the shopping, the newspapers, the children--as a single whole from whcih you cannot disengage yourself, a whole which you have to think about.
I shall say more: a whole by means of which God speaks to you and through which He guides you.
So it is not by fleeing that you will find God more easily, but it is by changing your heart that you will see things differently.
The desert in the city is only possible on these terms: that you see things with a new eye, touch them with a new spirit, love them with a new heart."
"I know you've got a question to ask me and I know what it is.
You want to know why the innocent have to suffer, why the poor have to suffer, why the Just Man had to die
I used not to know the reason for these things.
When I discovered the reason it was Christ Himself who told me.
You ask Him this evening; He will tell you
And perhaps He will add the phrase which meant so much to me when He was explaining that universal salvation depends on the vocation of some to pay for all.
'You shall not escape from love.'
If in the Kingdom we ask the innocent who suffered for sinners, the poor who paid for the rich, the tortured who shed blood for the powerful, whether it is just or mistaken to pay so dear, we shall hear them tell us:
'It was necessary so that no-one might escape from Love.' "
--Carlo Carretto, The Desert in the City
|THE GROUNDS AND GARDENS, |