On the Road Inspirations: Fill’er Up

by Sister Julie Ann on March 8, 2009

The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Vocation Directors img_5046.jpgoffer the third of a series of On the Road Inspirations’ gleaned from their experiences. Sharings from other travelers are welcome.

Francis: Therefore, hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves so that He Who gives Himself totally to you may receive you totally.

Fill’er Up (AKA Lots of Questions) Scenario

Running on empty?

Did you notice that you are totally drained of your energy sources? (or did it come as a surprise?)

Do you have a strategic place that you normally go to be renewed or to get your life moving? 

img_5334.jpgWho do you find at this safe place?

Tracey, an attendant at a service station in northwest Wisconsin notices when others have not been through lately. She is interested in where her customers are going, and is not afraid to pull out a map to help travelers get closer to their destination.

Do you have such people in your life? (or do you ignore safe places and people because you are too busy? so furiously independent that you often feel that you are doing fine on your own and later find yourself cold, stranded and alone?)

Does worry consume you? (or do you focus only on your own needs and miss what is happening in the lives of those who care about you or in other companions on the road of life?)

St. Francis confidantes: Brother Leo, Clare, Bishop Guido, Lady Jacoba, etc.

St. Francis’ Renewing Places: San Damiano, Greccio, La Verna, ‘On the Road’, Mount Sabasio caves, etc.

St. Clare’s Confidantes: St. Francis, Blessed Agnes of Praque, Mother and Sisters who became Poor Clares, etc.

St. Clare’s Renewing  Places: San Damiano, outdoors in creation, among the poor, with the friars, her own cell, etc.

Who are your confidantes? Where are your strategic stops to be renewed?

Please add any other of St. Francis’ and St. Clare’s spiritual companions or places that gave them comfort. Any other thoughts on ‘fill’er up’?

5 thoughts on “On the Road Inspirations: Fill’er Up”

  1. As one who often travels with another I find it helpful to be able to consult about “how empty is empty?” “where is a good place to stop?” and “what direction is best?”

    Francis also consulted others:
    wishing to know the will of God, he sought to learn it through the prayers of others. Wherefore he called to him Brother Masseo, and thus addressed him: “Go to Sister Clare, and bid her from me to set herself with some of the holiest of her sisters to pray the Lord that he may show me clearly whether he wills that I should preach or only keep to prayer.”

  2. I’d like to suggest one more of St. Clare’s renewing places: San Damiano Dormitory Window Sil. See this photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fscc-calledtobe/3341443930/

    Not only was the breeze a natural spiritual high, but the warmth of the sun and the broader view of the world must have lightened Clare’s own troubles and concerns.

  3. One of my greatest renewal experiences is to spend time with preschoolers or early elementary age children. Their views of the world, of situations and of people are refreshing and tend to put my views into perspectives. They are candid, accepting and often very funny. Playing with children refreshes me and helps me to see the world with “honest eyes.”

  4. Sister Natalie says:

    Simplicity, one of the cornerstones on which our Congregation is built gives me pause to ponder the significant companions and places for refueling. The simplicity and routine of the everyday provide opportunities for experiencing God in my life through the people I meet and the events that happen. God provides me with the “right” person in the “right” place to touch my heart and spirit. I pray for the grace to be open and have the eyes, ears and heart to recognize His presence in each person I encounter every day.

  5. Sister Rosangela says:

    After I read this and the comments, I began to think how many opportunities we have in our Community to fill ourselves up to meet our physical,emotional,spiritual and other needs. How lucky we are. Then after we are filled up, we are called to serve or fill up others. It might be in a small way such as a kind word or sympathetically listening to someone. There are so many opportunities. How blessed we are in Religious life.

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