Again, here is something we would like to share with you. It was written by Brother Roger of Taizé, in France at the beginning of 2001. It feels so simple, gentle and inspiring to us, we really felt like sharing this. No matter what one espouses to, the universal language that is spoken here evokes in all our hearts, no matter our creed, a message of love and hope. It is also so relevant to everything that is happening around us now, and it offers such a simple solution for us all to be able to assist each other no matter how insignificant it may seem. It is now several years since this letter was written and we included it here, and the sentiments still hold true to this day, but it is with a sad heart that we learnt that Brother Roger's mortal life was taken from him recently by some poor demented person in front of the Taize Community during prayer, and we can only hope and pray that this poor tormented soul will find peace perhaps in the legacy that Brother Roger left for us all.
Should any of you feel like visiting the Taizé Community just click on this link.

Letter from Taizé
1 February – March 2001 Bimonthly 3.50 FF

Prospect of Happiness?
Letter 2001

If we could realize that a life of happiness is possible, even in hours of darkness…
What makes life happy is to head towards simplicity: simplicity of our heart, and of our life.
For a life to be beautiful, extraordinary abilities or great expertise are not required.
There is happiness in the humble giving of oneself.

When simplicity is closely linked to kind-heartedness, then even people without resources can create a space of hope around themselves.

Yes, God wants happiness for us! But he never invites us to remain passive, or indifferent to the suffering of others.

On the contrary, God encourages us to be creators, and to manage to create even in times of trial. Our life is not subject to the whims of fate or to a blind destiny.

Far from it! Our life finds meaning when it is above all the living response to a call from God. But how can we recognize such a call and discover what God wants from us? God wants us to be a reflection of his presence, bearers of a Gospel hope.
All who respond to this call remain aware of their own frailties, and so keep these words of Christ in their heart: "Do not be afraid; just believe !"

There are people who perceive, however faintly at first, that God's call for them is a vocation for their entire lifetime. The Holy Spirit has the strength to sustain a yes for our whole life. Has he not placed in us a desire for eternity and the infinite?

In the Spirit, at every age, it is possible to find new vitality and to say to ourselves, "Be steadfast of heart, and keep going forward!" And then, by his mysterious presence, the Holy Spirit brings about a change in our hearts, rapidly for some, imperceptibly for others. What had been obscure or even disturbing starts to become clear. Until the end of our days, a yes spoken in trust can bring so much clarity.

Although we are called to make the gift of ourselves, we are not really built for such a gift. Christ understands our inner resistances. By overcoming them, we demonstrate our love to him. Attentive to God's call, we understand that the Gospel invites us to take on responsibilities to alleviate human suffering.

The faces of the innocent, of a great many poor people across the earth, question us: how can we share a hope with those who are so deprived of it?

And Christ's words in the Gospel offer a crystal-clear reply: "Whatever you do for the lowliest, you are doing for me."

All God can do is give his love, and suffering never comes from God. God is not the author of evil; he wants neither human distress, nor wars, nor natural disasters, nor violent accidents. God shares the pain of all who are undergoing times of trial and enables us to comfort those who are suffering.

God wants happiness for us: but where is the source of such a hope?

It lies in a communion with God, alive at the center of each person's soul.

Can we understand what we will be given? The day will come when the mystery of this communion with God takes hold of us. It touches what is unique and most intimate in the depths of our being.

God is Spirit and his presence remains invisible. He lives within us always, in times of darkness as well as when everything is bathed in light.

Could there be chasms of the unknown in us, and also an abyss of guilt that comes from who knows where?

God never threatens anyone, and the forgiveness with which he inundates our lives brings healing to our soul.

How could a God of love impose himself by threats? Could God be a tyrant? If doubts assail us, they are sometimes only interludes of unbelief, nothing more. Keeping watch over our thoughts can help us stand firm amidst the distractions that pull us in all directions.

Could the impression arise that God is far from me, as if for a fleeting moment the inward eye could no longer see?

We should remember that God never withdraws his presence. The Holy Spirit never leaves our soul: even at death communion with God remains. Knowing that God welcomes us forever into his love becomes a source of peaceful trust.

Our prayer is a simple reality. Is it perhaps no more than a poor sigh? God hears us all the same.

We should never forget that, at the heart of every person, the Holy Spirit is praying.

And remaining in silence in the presence of God is in itself an inner attitude which opens the way to contemplation.

As we enter the third millennium, are we sufficiently aware that, two thousand years ago, Christ came to earth not to start a new religion but to offer every human being a communion in God?

The second millennium was an age when many Christians became separated from one another. Will we commit ourselves at once, yes, without delay, from the beginning of the third millennium, to do all that is necessary to live in communion and to build peace in the world?

When Christians remain in great simplicity and in an infinite kindness of heart, when they seek to discover the profound beauty of the human soul, they are led to be in communion with one another in Christ and to become seekers of peace everywhere on earth.

Are we aware that “every baptized person who disposes themselves inwardly to place their trust in the Mystery of the Faith is in the communion of Christ” ?
To be in communion with one another means loving and being loved, forgiving and being forgiven.

When that communion which is the Church becomes transparent by striving to love and to forgive, it enables Gospel realities to shine through with the freshness of springtime.

Will we enter soon into a spring-time of the Church? Christ calls us, the poor of the Gospel, to live out the hope of a communion and of peace and to let it shine out around us. This is something even the very simplest can achieve.

A prospect of happiness?
Yes, God wants happiness for us!
And there is happiness in the humble gift of oneself.

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