Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Rose Hawthorne

American author Nathaniel Hawthorne was born into a Calvinist family. But his daughter, Rose, joined the Dominicans and founded the Dominican Sisters for the Care of Incurable Cancer. Today's meditation in The Magnificat is from a letter of hers. Here's a portion of it:

"If I seem harsh, and am harsh, at times, it is the imperfect effort of a poor wretch to bring to your soul and mine a greater share of God's truth, which will bless us, no matter how roughly we strive for it; for certainly our God must be willing to let us arrive at the truth according to our poor will and understanding, since he gives us "free will," and knows that when we act of our own impulse we must be somewhat faulty, and if not full of charity, the fault is proportionately great."

When I read this I was struck by how often even the best of us fall short of God's intentions for us. It's a comfort to know that even the great ones, such as Rose Hawthorne, had their moments of weakness and that none of us are equal to God's glory.