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Holy Space – A Reflection

September 12, 2020
A sacred space at the Etowah Mounds Historic Site near Cartersville, Georgia.

The places we are seen and heard are holy places. They remind us of our value as human beings. They give us the strength to go on. Eventually they may even help us transform pain into wisdom.—Rachel Naomi Remen

I received the above quote in a daily email I receive from Pace e Bene (This Nonviolent Life), a Catholic Peace organization. It ties in quite nicely with what I have been doing in my Narrative Theology class which is a part of the Doctor of Ministry program at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (MN).

In the exercise/assignment for the first week of class, each student shared their six-word memoirs with the class via Zoom. Then the student was invited to share some background on that memoir in four minutes or less. Following that, the class sat in silence and held the person and their narrative in our hearts. To learn more about Six-Word Memoirs, follow this link: Six Word Memoirs.

Our professor began the Zoom session with a time of silent contemplation and ended it with a time of silence. Bookended by silence, our memoirs became holy moments of sharing. Each student was literally seen and heard in that sacred space. I truly wonder if that is what is missing from the narrative of today’s often caustic and divisive environment.

Thomas Merton wrote a lot about the need for silence in a person’s life and the fruits of that silence. It is not speaking that breaks our silence, but the anxiety to be heard. The words of the proud man impose silence on all others, so that he alone may be heard. The humble man speaks only in order to be spoken to.― Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude (p. 89)

Perhaps we can work on keeping that holy and sacred place for ourselves and for others. Then in that holy and sacred space we can listen, learn, and grow as individuals and a society. In my own case as a Christ follower.

2 Comments
  1. Amen to this: “Perhaps we can work on keeping that holy and sacred place for ourselves and for others. Then in that holy and sacred space we can listen, learn, and grow as individuals and a society.” Six Word Memoirs sound intriguing, Michael. Like flash fiction at its finest. I might just have a go, one day… 😉❤️

  2. Reblogged this on Anniegoose's Blog and commented:
    Another good one from Rev Moore 🙂

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