Father Julian Woods and Mary had agreed to be very honest with each other. Their friendship was such that they could share truthfully. Here, Mary, who knows herself and Julian well, remonstrates with him:
We can all be Julians in our over-busy lives! We all know how easy it is at times to slight others without meaning to, and cause pain even to those closest to us.
Mary urges us elsewhere:
Mary’s advice is to slow down, look within, and be open to what is happening.
Then it’s more likely that we’ll respond appropriately.
Julian needed a gentle reminder at that point.
Today, Mary, his friend and ours, reminds us that …
My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness
(2 Corinithians 12:9)
This extract (pp112-113) from The Little Brown Book has been used with the kind permission of the authors, Sue and Leo Kane.