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Spring cleaning, spiritual cleaning

“We don’t see things as they are.
We see things as we are.”
– The Talmud

As spring blossoms fresh and new, the dreaded task of “spring cleaning” beckons us. It might be seen as an opportunity or a threat, depending on your perspective. The process of de-cluttering our shelves, cabinets, and email boxes frees up space (opportunity). Sometimes, however, it means letting go (the threat) of treasures, memories, and even connections with people.

The dawning of spring invites us to a spiritual cleaning, as well. Time to clear out and make space for a new way of being in the world. The choices are many:
• To be attentive or to be distracted
• To be blessing or to be blaming
• To be available or to be preoccupied
• To be distant or to be intimate
• To be with or to be ahead
• To be compassionate or to be right

Gifted with this present moment, how are you going to BE?

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Joan Frisz

Joan C. Frisz has been a Providence Associate since 2010, but her connection with the Sisters of Providence began in the womb. A graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Joan received her Master of Pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University in Chicago. She found her heart and her calling in Fair Trade and currently serves as the Executive Director of Just Creations, Louisville's International Fair Trade Marketplace, in Louisville, Ky.

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  1. Lori Strawn on May 5, 2017 at 10:55 am

    What a beautiful (and mindful) reflection, Joan!

  2. Theresa Tighe on May 5, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Lovely and practical suggestions for sprucing up our spiritual lives and increasing our kind actions.
    Well and clearly written.

  3. Paula Modaff, S.P. on May 6, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Thank you, Joan. Your reflection inspires me to “get at it!”

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