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Minute Meditations

Reaching Out to the Other

Aug 17, 2022
hand reaching out | Photo by Ave Calvar on Unsplash

He began that day to breathe out more than to breathe in, to turn outward rather than inward, to do rather than think about doing. He had finally found the courage to leap across that deep chasm that separated him from the other, from loving what he feared would demand more of him than he could give. In keeping his eyes on the leper, in thinking only of this person before him, he forgot himself, he forgot the chasm beneath him, and he ran straight across the void into the arms of love and happiness. And all his life he struggled to preserve that original insight into love and to act it out daily. Love was looking into the eyes of the other; and forgetting the dark void between you and forgetting that no one can walk in a void, you start boldly across, your arms outstretched to give of yourself and to receive of the other.

—from the book Francis: The Journey and the Dream
by Murray Bodo, OFM, page

Francis: The Journey and the Dream by Murray Bodo

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