For the past several years, I have been privileged to be part of a spiritual "troupe" (for lack of a better word), bringing a unique, tender expression of the author's experience with breast cancer to others. The author, Alice Brown, is a breast cancer survivor. In story and music, Alice and her husband, Bill, have created an exquisitely deep and intimate presentation ….
Finding strength and hope through the way of the cross: a JOURNEY with cancer.
With a spirit of love and hope, eight of us bring this prayerful experience to parishes throughout the suburbs and Chicago during Lent. (I must add that we have presented it during other months, also.)
"…You are always with us….leading us to be the human Christ…and share Your everlasting Love…"
As the verse to the song says, no one is alone on their journey. At some point in our lives, each of us is called to be the human Christ to others. Have you ever thought of yourself as the "human Christ?" Rather overwhelming thought, isn't it? Yet, how blessed we all are to have the opportunity to journey with another.
Cancer is so wide spread that most people have experienced it within themselves and/or their loved ones. The Christ Presence we bring embraces that which is broken within them (and, often, inside ourselves). The hope, the prayer is that they will be touched by Love in the purest form.
"…When we stumble into dark despair, shine Your light so we may find our way…."
While we cannot "fix" one who is suffering, we can be there with them when they stumble and fall, helping them up, just as others helped Christ when He fell.
"…Life can strip us of our hopes and dreams. Your love beckons us to rise again."
During illness, (be it physical, mental or spiritual), hopes and dreams often vanish. We try to find a way to rise above it, to make sense out of it, to see the Light. And it is in those moments that the Light lifts us.
Let us pray that we may be open to the gentle, subtle gnawing to be the "human Christ" to others.