“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou. Everyone would agree that this has been a different sort of summer; life has changed in ways we could never have imagined, causing anxiety, uncertainty and unrest. Yet there have been gifts. The pace of life has slowed, allowing more time for reflection, and nature seems to have reclaimed its rightful place in the world. Butterflies have graced the monastery campus in abundance, a symbol of hope as we make our way through all the challenges life brings at the moment. Butterflies don’t just happen. They go through four stages to reach maturity: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and finally butterfly. Maybe these difficult days we’re experiencing now are formative stages and the end result will be a world inhabited by people as beautiful as a butterfly. Let’s hope!
By Karen Rose, OSB