Pearl 14: “I pray you, tell me if you need me for anything.

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If you do, I will immediately go there.”

                 Le suplico me diga si para algo me necesitan, para ponerme de viaje sin dilacion alguna.”

Letter No. 14 speaks of some sad news that Mother Foundress received. Don Paulino, the brother of Fr. Herranz, who was a doctor, passed away. Mother Foundress wrote her heartfelt condolences and then told her good friend Paca Garces, the sister-in-law of Fr. Herranz, not to hesitate, but instead “I pray you, tell me if you need me for anything.”

Antonio Grau thought of Mary who went to Elizabeth, being there, being ready in case Elizabeth needed anything. And he goes on to reflect about availability. He asks, “If we are not available, for what do we serve?” He goes on to say, “Being available means to be attentive to the needs of others…to accept that one would get annoyed, plans will be broken, comfort taken away.

It means to be in solitude and to be misunderstood many times. It is to look for where no one wants to go, and I say yes, if you need me, there I will be.   And this is costly. But it is possible. …This means more than isolated events. It is a way of life. [paraphrase is mine]

 

Reflection:

$·   In my own experience, where are the daily calls to be “available”?

$·   What do I have to struggle with, to exercise my being available?

$·    Even with the discomfort of responding to the calls of everyday life, why do we still do it? Why do we learn to live with the discomfort of responding to situations? For whom do we do it?