Pearl 76: “Please do me the favor of telling me what ...

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...you think about it and how you see it before God..”

Usted haga la caridad de decirme lo que le parezca y vea delante de Dios.

         This phrase is from Letter 81, a letter addressed to Fr. Ramon Barbera Boada, who was the Director of the school “Colegio de la Inmaculada Concepcion” of the Congregation as the Bishopric of Salamanca at that time had direct supervision and intervention in the school.  The letter had to do with the difficulty of the house in La Rondilla Street, so important for the foundation of Tolosa.  Without going into the details, we focus on the phrase itself….of Mother Foundress asking what a person thinks after seeing it before God, just as she did herself.  This was her practice and expression of discernment.

        Antonio Grau has this to say in his reflection: “To want to have the opinion of others for matters which need deciding is a good practice. On top of that, you ask that these opinions be seen before God, it gives a security that surpasses the reasoning here.

       There are moments in life when you don't know what to do, where to go, or what decisions to make. And when these moments come, that's when you have to be firm and patient, to take time to see them before God.   And from there make decisions.  There will be pressure from those who understand and those who do not understand.  We have to learn to withstand and overcome the pressure.

       To see things before God is to tell him how you are, what you think, what you feel, what you see... And then, in that silence as true as it is profound, listen to him, with the decision to accept what we have heard in our hearts.  We have to live by what we hear interiorly.

         As I write this I cannot help but think about Mother Candida and her Rosarillo experience.  What a decision and what consequence. Life takes on new strength. In this letter, we see also that it is important to hear what others think.  That is where God becomes more present. Seeing things before God is starting a path of transparency where He makes himself more and more present. Because at the end of the day I have to remember that "life flies by and an endless eternity arrives.”

(Paraphrased to make things easier to read and understand)

Reflection:

     In the crucial moments of my life, how do I make decisions?

    In the ordinariness of life when I have many matters to attend to, how do I make decisions?

     In moments when my decision will impact the lives of others, how do I decide?