Thursday, November 15, 2007

Mightily & Sweetly

Hat Tip to NunBlog where I found this post. It is almost verbatim. Sister's blog is insightful, inspiration and just a nice place to visit! Go and see what I mean!

Oh, and btw -- she is a singing nun!
Christmas album!

Fortiter et Suaviter
" Fortiter et suaviter" are words from the Old Testament, and they are in today's first reading from the book of Wisdom. The Latin words are usually translated "mightily and sweetly." In context, the Scripture is saying that God's wisdom "reaches mightily from one end [of the universe] to the other, and orders all things well." Only the Latin says "suaviter," softening the brutal edge we might assign to the word "might."
Think of this in the context of the exclamation that the townspeople made after one of Jesus' miracles: "Everything he does is beautiful!"
It is fitting, it is apt, it is lovely: suaviter.

In this week before Thanksgiving, "fortiter et suaviter" can also be a principle for discernment. This is how God acts: not with brusque power, but with tender and uncompromising vision.

The saints, especially St. John of the Cross, tell us that we need to have our attention very finely tuned in order to discern God's doings, because he does them "suaviter." That is why it is such a good idea to make a review of the day before retiring at night, creating space for us to begin to notice those subtle "movements" (as St. Ignatius called them) that indicate that the Lord is passing by. We may be amazed at how much we've been missing!

3 comments:

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

lovely blog..

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Will add you to my links..

Soutenus said...

Thank you for the kind comments!
This whole "blogging" adventure really makes me study my faith and keeps me accountable in ways I had not forseen. I love it. It began as a place for my Confirmation students to come and find more information about FAQs in class -- a forum to initiate discussion in class.
It has become a bit more than that.

I am no expert but I do love sharing with others and having information archived for myself!

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