Daily Meditation for March 22, 2019

Two teachers shared that the experiences they most regretted were times they failed to ask the “patient question.” For Mariella, it was her angrily accosting a college student for coming late to her morning class. As the student left at the end of class, she apologized for being late, sharing that she had had a phone call that her mother had just died. Another teacher in a rural area recalled having rebuked an eighth-grade student for coming late to Mass. This teacher recalled that she had a hard time sleeping that night as she replayed the words of this girl’s angry response: “Sister, you might be late sometimes too if you had to milk cows, feed the cattle and then walk several miles to school.”  Each teacher shared that she so wished she had asked the patient question…“What happened?”

by Lois Wedl, OSB