Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Vocation of Spiritual Motherhood - a simple breath in the sighing for Christ


Houselander presents us here, in broad strokes, with her vision of Spiritual Motherhood and its importance to the world and to the individual.  Daughters, in the simplest ways, not in thinking but in doing, you are to carry Christ continually into the world.  The mind and heart are so often neglected and even endangered in our day as in Houselander's, and so Daughters you in a quiet and gentle fashion, often completely hidden to view, are to create in your portion of the world a force of love strong enough to combat hate and fear.  Do not wait for conditions to be right but put into your hearts an absolute and unstinted love so that Christ may be reborn in your families, in your communities, and among those you care about the most.  Make Reparation for our poor world by becoming yourself a house of peace, gentleness and love.

I am absolutely certain that your vocation is to be a "Mother of Christ" - it is all so clear and obvious now. . . the secret of it is that you have been chosen to live our Lady's vocation, to be a mother of Christ and to have Him for your Child as well as for your own peace and rest.  How sweet and good for us to have you with us, for nothing now is more needed than a continual Christ bearing into this world.

I am not, dearest, trying to force myself or my ideas on you, Heaven knows, there is nothing I desire more than to sink out of life altogether, to be lost in the huge suffering of the world, to be nothing else but a kind of simple breath in the sighing of Christ in the lost Jerusalem.
One feels, at least I do - that with all this tremendous energy which is put into the defenses of the body, the defenses of the mind are neglected - even endangered - what a great work it would be, if we would organize the defense of the mind, as keenly and as sensibly at least. . .

I would first have person after person down for rest and would carry out the "school of Christ" idea, but instead of addressing groups on it, instill it into each individual.

All that I can see clear is that the time now has come when everybody is offered a chance of living the Christ life and contemplating Him directly, and how well this is done will not depend on their understanding of it, but on their doing of it.

It seems to me that what matters is to create in this world a force of love strong enough to combat that of hate and more particularly of fear.

If we are ever to come back to the lovely morning of Christianity, we must not do it by waiting for wars to end, it has to be done now, through love.  If each individual can put into her personal life an unstinted absolute love - then already out of these dark days Christ will be reborn.

. . . what is needed is a deeper knowledge of Christ and all that can soften and make more lovely this life.

With all the extraordinary means which we are compelled to take to preserve our bodies, we have to remember that to preserve the beauty, gentleness and balance of the human mind will need far more defenses and these are almost neglected.

Thus, more even than before we ought to learn to become more aware deeply of beauty around us, when it is around us, and to appreciate the poetry and loveliness of the mind.

It seems to me that at last you should offer peace, a refuge, where in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, people can get right away from darkness and can so far as possible build up their nerves for what it is to be suffered.  A house of peace, where you can keep and give Christ and knowledge of Christ as the stronghold of the mind, defending the forward Kingdom of Love.

In all our defenses, this one difference does not exist, and on it depends whether this great force of natural courage, generosity, and kindness, will flame into such a fire of Reparation and love that God, for Christ's dear sake, will accept our offering and forgive our poor world and give us peace as to the future - that also depends on one thing alone, whether we start that longed for Peace, with the spirit of primitive, poor, Christianity or not.

Caryll Houselander