The Daily Grace
The Daily Grace

Becoming what you are surrounded by.

Aug 15, 2019 | god & grace | 10 comments

I’VE WRITTEN MANY TIMES referencing the teachings of Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan Priest and a globally recognized ecumenical teacher who “bears witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. ” (If you are not familiar, do click the link and read the very short description. I am no expert, but my heart glows when I read it.) The night we returned from our trip to Maine I flipped open my laptop to see the load of email I had not sifted while on vacation. There was this Rohr meditation, delivered that very day.

The Perennial Tradition constantly recognizes that we are part of something more than we are observing something. 

How does that feel to you? Rohr continues.

It feels like Maine, is what I thought. It feels like a walk through the woods on Big Cranberry Island; a quiet Acadia moment, the breeze in your hair. It feels like every view of Jordan Pond. It feels like sunset from the top of Cadillac Mountain, and the lobster boats and the rocky coast and the lighthouses and the deep dense fog.

It feels like sea glass.

Because you don’t observe Maine, is what I had already realized. You become part of it.

You are absorbed by it.

Rohr goes on.

The foundational spiritual question is this: Does one’s life give any evidence of an encounter with God? When we’ve experienced union and intimacy with the divine, what is our response? Does the encounter bring about what Paul described as the “fruits” of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and self-control” ?

There are important questions–particularly in a dualistic culture–about becoming what you are surrounded by. Those we will debate another day.

But for now, I am content to soak in my memories of Maine, to (best as I can) hold on to the part of my soul that was moved and soothed and enriched by that beautiful, welcoming, earthly place.

To remember that every glorious moment of grace is born of open, full and humble connection to all that is divine.




  1. Matthew K

    Rohr is also a fave of mine. Your prose glows.

    • Cathy

      So happy we also have Rohr in common. Thanks for this kind comment, my friend.

  2. Debbie

    Thanks for sharing Maine with us. It was so special and your pictures are awesome! I want to do it the way you did! #lifegoals

    • Cathy

      I have no doubt you will, and I can’t wait to see your pictures! XXOO

  3. Sally

    Your reflections are a gift! And your photography – oh wow!

    • Cathy

      Thank you, friend!

  4. Jill Sarkozi

    Beautiful words and images! I feel part of something having read this. Thank you!

    • Cathy

      I am so happy this spoke to you. Thank you for letting me know 🙂

  5. Lisa Anne Tindal

    The gift of new places and enough time to really “be there”. Your images are spectacular!

    • Cathy

      I hope you are experiencing this in your life! Thanks for reading and commenting, friend.

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Hi. I’m Cathy.

This is a blog about writing, creative living, and grace in the everyday. It’s my hope this little spot on the internet will be for you a place of quiet and reflection, a source for inspiration, and a reminder there’s beauty all around—we simply need to keep our hearts open to see it. Thank you for being here with me.

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