AECI Advent 2021 Half Day Retreat: 'The Challenge of Time'
Compassion and Time
Mark Davis in his beautiful book 'Glimpses of The Carmelite Way' writes:
'Our own developing intimacy with God creates in us a deep empathy with those in need and an acute desire for the transformation of society as well as the individual'
In any act of compassion and tenderness are we also not challenged in our perception of 'time'? In 'solidarity' with the poor and the oppressed we make a personal commitment away from our busy schedules and timetables. This Advent and Christmas we can renew our vocation to those most in need, giving them time for care, for welcome and for interaction:
'Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me' (Matthew 25:34-36)