Barbara J. Busse

Behold God beholding you…and smiling. —Anthony de Mello, S.J.

Examen: Quieting the noise, I listen to my life.

The inventory begins … the joys and griefs, the hopes and fears and (yes!) the Love floods in.

The complex mosaic of what this one life really is emerges.

God, give me wisdom to make sense of the “what next” of my life.

I wait, sometimes less patiently and less gratefully than would be ideal.

Then, if I let go of fears and failings, the Spirit moves.

I can see God smiling at this perfect mess of a life.

This gives me the courage and grace to move forward. And I smile back.

That is enough for me.

Barbara J. Busse, Assistant to the President


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