Be carried away by grace

For the last week brave women of worth have been flying in the sky for the glory of God, finding His presence in the midst of Romanian landscapes and in the community. The paragliding retreat ended with not only successful flights, but also a package of graces that each of us received in abundance from our Father in Heaven.

At the beginning of mastering the art of paragliding, it is worth knowing that the paraglider wing flies by itself. It means that when you take off and do nothing, it will start to gradually fall down and eventually land by itself. A novice pilot learns that primarily he should not disturb the flight. Nervous movements and unskillful slowing down the paraglider could cause an accident. Not to mention trying to make impressive acrobatics.

unlike it may seem, often in life the most difficult is not getting to work, but accepting that sometimes it is better to do nothing and let God act. Many saints, beginning with st. Peter, were convinced that in faith there is a very important turning point. It comes when you turn from the attitude of “I am so good at following Jesus”, to “all grace is from Him, I can try not to disturb His work”. Of course, the next step would be to add a bit of our effort, but it must come first – the awareness that we can not in any way deserve God’s love, because it is an absolutely free gift. Lack of our cooperation with God’s grace can end with an unpleasant landing in the bushes, but pride and bravado can end with something much worse – death on the spot.

Waking up in the morning on the beautiful Romanian slopes and contemplating the fog covering the valley, I had the confidence that God is taking care of us and in His time He will lead us to endless happiness. Let us just not  disturb Him too much.

About s. Ewa Bartosiewicz RSCJ

I am a religious sister from the Society of the Sacred Heart in Poland. In June 2015 I have made my first vows and started work in Gdynia as a catechist. Now I live in Poznań and am responsible for the Vocation Ministry.
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