A Nun Blog - The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration

A Nun Blog - The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration "For God created man for incorruption, and made him in the Image of His own Eternity." Wisdom 2:23

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Desert Whisperings

New arrivals to Alabama will often hear some enthusiastic well-seasoned resident share the unnerving fact that the state they now live in is home to a number of venomous snakes. Even more disconcerting than hearing this statement is the queasy feeling that begins to grow as one thinks: I wouldn’t know what to do if bit by a snake! - while wondering the distance to the nearest hospital. The passage from Exodus that chronicles the Israelites’ plight and rescue from seraph serpents in the desert displays a similar drama in its darkest form. Israel had begun to grumble, and with ‘their patience worn out by the journey’ (Num 21:4) they lost sight of God’s providence and unfailing faithfulness. The ‘serpent’s’ whisperings, manifested in their thoughts and complaints, suddenly were seen, as it were, in the flesh. God sent among them the visible consequence of their unbelief. The result was suffering from the serpent bite and the ultimate evil – death. While these most cunning of all the animals destroyed God’s chosen ones, the Lord himself intervened and saved those who succumbed to the father of lies. The problem with ‘the serpent’ of course began in the Garden. Eve, seduced by the tempter’s words, tasted his ‘poison’ – the poison of death as she took the fruit – her first act of mistrust and disobedience. In Lent we keenly feel the residue of this venom in our very selves. The poison of sin and selfishness has corroded our relationship with God and we often do not ‘do the good [we] want (Rom 7:19).’ And yet the remedy for our foolishness far exceeds the damage we have incurred. While we have often tasted the forbidden fruit, choosing to live for ourselves, - the Cross, the Tree of Life offers us salvation in the One lifted upon it. He draws us to taste this Fruit, which is Himself given up for us in the Eucharist. Here at the Tree of Life we find the Woman who will (and does!) with her Son, crush the serpent’s head. Let us stay with her as Holy Week approaches and as we take part in the great drama of our salvation.


Anonymous said...

Thank you! i have been wrestling with the interior serpent all through Lent! very buried but your blog today seems as a small window. remember and draw close to our Lady- i will try to spend the 15th with Our Lady of Sorrows. srr

Anonymous said...

Hey sisters,
May the Lord protect us all from the temtations of the serpant. Oh! and may he also protect us from the venomous bites of snakes! I am scared to death of them!!! BLAH! God bless and I miss you all so very much!!
In Jesus crucified,
Tori Schmidt...a.k.a....Sr. Nicole's sister!!

Anonymous said...

I hope your special day is filled with many graces and blessings!You are so beautiful and you mean so much to me.

I love you!!!!:) God bless. :)

Tori Schmidt....a.k.a....Sr. Nicole's sister!! :D

Fresh Garden said...

That's wonderful and inspiring!
Thanks for sharing. :D

Samantha Cassidy said...

Happy Birthday Mother Angelica
blessed be thank you for your Rosary stations of the cross on ETWN and for spreading the word of our God. I love you and God bless. Samantha.L.Cassidy :)