Daily Meditation for January 20, 2010

by Kathryn Casper, OSB

“If you want to be truly understood, you need to say everything three times, in three different ways. Once for each ear … and once for the heart.” These are the words of Paula Underwood Spencer who dedicated her life to bring about an understanding and appreciation of Native American culture. Her writings are an example of someone trying to bridge the gap between religions, ethnic groups, political systems and cultures. Her words echo the opening words of the Rule of St. Benedict: “Listen carefully, my child, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.” If we are to build Christian unity among religions, cultures and races, we must learn to listen with that “third ear,” the ear of our heart. Real listening always brings people closer together.