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May 23 – Whispers of Wisdom

Because you are God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with heartfelt compassion, with kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12)

In our ancient forests, the lyrebird’s song is a symphony of mimicry and improvisation. This elusive bird, known for its extraordinary ability to imitate the sounds of its environment, weaves together the voices of other birds, insects, and even human-made noises into a complex tapestry of sound. The lyrebird’s song is a testament to the power of listening and learning from others, a reminder that wisdom can be found in the most unexpected places.

Franciscan spirituality recognises this same spirit of attentive listening as a pathway to understanding and compassion. As we seek to clothe ourselves in the virtues of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, we find inspiration in the lyrebird’s example. By cultivating virtues like compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, we become more attuned to the experiences of others, recognising that every encounter holds the potential for growth and understanding. We learn to approach the world with a spirit of curiosity and openness, listening deeply to the whispers of wisdom that surround us.

Reflection:

1. How can I cultivate a spirit of attentive listening in my interactions with others today?

2. In what ways am I being called to seek wisdom and understanding in unexpected places?

Prayer:

Divine Wisdom, as I contemplate the lyrebird’s symphony of mimicry, let me be reminded of the power of listening and learning from others. Help me to clothe myself in compassion and patience, that I may be open to the whispers of wisdom that surround me, and a source of understanding for all I encounter.

 

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