Reading: Chapters 5 and 6 – Adam’s Passion and Adam’s Death
These two chapters are a very tender sharing of Adam’s passion and death. Not an easy topic to explore. Yet, as in his life, also through his death, Adam was a strong and clear guide for Henri. There is so much here to reflect upon, at such a deep level. Rather than offer specific questions this week, we offer a few quotes and invite you to reflect on and share from them.
1_ “Adam clearly challenged us to trust that compassion, not competition, is the way to fulfill our human vocation. This challenge forced us to reexamine all the basic assumptions our individual and action-oriented lives” (p90).
2_”That, to me, is the final significance of Adam’s passion: a radical call to accept the truth of our lives and to choose to give our love when we are strong and to receive the love of others when we are weak, always with tranquility and generosity” (p 91).
3_”It was as if he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Henri. Let my death help you to befriend yours. When you are no longer afraid of your own death, then you can live fully, freely and joyfully” (p 102).
3_”Death is such a mystery, forcing us to ask ourselves,
‘Why do I live?
How do I live?
For whom do I live?’ and also
‘Am I prepared to die… now… later?'” (p101-102)
We so very much appreciate the open and real sharing from each of you. Please feel free to share whatever came up for you in these two very special chapters. We also want to continue to remember those who are journeying with us quietly. Thank you for being with us!
Yours in gratitude,
Ray and Brynn