Reflection for weekend 6th & 7th April

//Reflection for weekend 6th & 7th April

Reflection for weekend 6th & 7th April

Reflection for weekend 6th & 7th April
Several years ago when living in the United States. I became acquainted with a family of Irish origin. Among the
children was one who was looked on as wild and troublesome…a 16 year old boy. Let’s call him Sean. A crisis arose
while I was there he was diagnosed as suffering from a
disease. As an outsider and a priest and as somebody to
whom he related to little…I was asked to speak to him. Not
the easiest prospect, but to my surprise Sean took the initiative and asked me to speak with him. Our dialogue went in
an unexpected direction. He produced a poem that he wanted me to read, and which he later gave me as a present. Part of it went as follows:
They think I’m just a piece of dirt
As my father said to me;
It seems that I don’t care a damn
For anyone but me.
But they don’t know the hopes I have
Locked up inside of me,
They never ask about the poem
I’d like my life to be.
If they saw this, they’d sneer and mock
‘cos the me they chose to see
Is the cause of this whole family shame-
True, but only part of me.
But what I want after all this mess,
Is that some day they will see
That I do care and seek out my space
To live and give and BE.
I want a different sort of life
Not one of simply me,
Not grabbing but giving of myself
Christ-like and tenderly.
It may be unsure as verse but it is really a cry from the
heart. It expressed a longing for recognition of his generosity, something deeper than all the hurt and guilt. That secret
self can remain under lonely lock and key until somebody
offers a word of recognition – as I was able to do. Indeed
later that evening I managed to have Sean show some of his
poems to his father and mother. It was a healing moment
when he read one of them (not this one) aloud, and I could
see a strange pride in the eyes of his parents; their Sean was
something other than a shame and a trouble-maker. (From
Where Is You God by Michael Paul Gallagher) Can
we seek out and give that recognition to others?
This is brought to you by the Diocesan Pastoral
Council

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