Monday, June 30, 2014

June 30, 2014 Monday: First Martyrs of the Church of Rome

Etty Hillesum, that incredibly beautiful woman who died in Auschwitz in 1943, whose diary was published in a book titled "The Interrupted Life", tells her story about her gradual discovery about where God resides. In her!

She recalls being in Westerbork, which was a camp where 10,000 Jewish people were waiting to be taken away, and she says some incredible words. "It isn't that I need God; God needs me!" She explains that God needs me to open my heart so that I can receive God into my being and then begin to radiate the presence of God which is the presence of peace, the presence of forgiveness, the presence of compassion.
-Jean Vanier