Dom Helder Camara, also a writer of Radio Clips, the beloved Archbishop in the poorest diocese in Northeastern Brazil—and yet known throughout the world—listened and heard God, listened and conversed with the poor, communed with children and even talked with red ants and cows, with skyscrapers and even land. My 95-year-old friend and a beloved Lutheran pastor gave me one of his most treasured books in appreciation of our friendship: Dom Helder’s A Thousand Reasons for Living. I, too, listen to darkness, see God in the eyes of another, give time to watching children. Have you thought about birds that fly by starlight? Did you know that a little red ant could be the pet of a small child? Have you given time to sit with your child—whether young or adult—and be filled with wonder at what you hear? Or see? God speaks in thousands of ways to give us reasons for living!
By Renée Domeier, OSB