Reflection 2.12.18

There is a French Marian legend about a storyteller who gives up his fickle life and enters a monastery. But the life of the monks remains strange to him; he knows neither how to recite nor chant a prayer. He pours out his lament to the Virgin Mary and she tells him to serve God with what he can do, namely to dance and leap. From that moment on, he skips the divine offices and dances during those times. He is called to the abbot and believes that he is about to be expelled. But the abbot only says, “With your dancing you have glorified God with body and soul. But may God forgive us all those lofty words that pass our lips without coming from the heart.”

~Dorothee Soelle, The Silent Cry: Mysticism and Resistance

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