Just showing up

Mary Magdalene in Meditation (La Madeleine en Meditation), Le Nain Brothers.

 

A quote, which I should have used as an epigram for this post:

My former bishop Allan Bjornberg once said that the greatest spiritual practice isn’t yoga or praying the hours or living in intentional poverty, although these are all beautiful in their own way. The greatest spiritual practice is just showing up. And Mary Magdalene is the patron saint of just showing up. Showing up, to me, means being present to what is real, what is actually happening. Mary Magdalene didn’t necessarily know what to say or what to do or even what to think when she encountered the risen Jesus. But none of that was nearly as important as the fact that she was present and attentive to him.

— Nadia Bolz-Weber, Pastrix