Margaret Mandernach, OSB
aiting in the breakfast line, I heard someone announce, “A bird just hit the large window.” I looked out the window and saw this beautiful, uncommon, full-plumaged, injured scarlet tanager on the ground. I rushed outside, knelt down and cupped my hand over its beautiful red and black body without touching it, yet close enough to feel the heat of its tiny body.
Words flowed from my mouth: “What a beauty you are. How could you know that a window was here? I know you’re in shock from the blow and falling onto these rocks. You will make it. I’m here to help you make it. God made you so beautiful and God wants you to live. It’s OK to sit here awhile until you feel better.” Soon it turned its head to look at me from one eye. What was it telling me? “I’ll be all right … Thank you”. Our lives had CONNECTED. It began to fluff its feathers and flew a few inches off the rocks onto a low bush a few feet away. I went into the dining room to get a small dish of water for it to drink. Watching this episode from inside, a sister confirmed my hope by saying, “If it could fly that little bit, it will make it.”
Many sisters had been watching what happened from their places in the dining room. For many of them, this was the first scarlet tanager they had seen. In a short time, the bird flew from the bush up into a big tree. I jumped for joy, and we all clapped.
What a graced moment! Did God remind me that resurrection can happen every day in various ways? One sister said, “Do you
know that God used your hands to restore life to one of God’s beautiful creatures?”
Many thoughts came to me that evening while reflecting in my journal on this experience. It confirmed for me my belief that there is only ONE LIFE, ONE LOVE, ONE ENERGY … namely, God. All creation shares in that one life, one love, one energy in varying degrees and at various levels—from plant life to humans. If we destroy life at any level, we destroy some portion of life, love and energy in our universe.
It confirmed for me my belief that there is only ONE LIFE, ONE LOVE, ONE ENERGY … namely, God. All creation shares in that one life, one love, one energy in varying degrees and at various levels—from plant life to humans.
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Published on Apr 4, 2016
Published on Apr 4, 2016
Published by the Office of Mission Advancement, Saint Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, Minn. The purpose of Benedictine Sisters and Friends...