A sister in our community who comes from the island of Saint Lucia in the Lesser Antilles devised this meditation on what it takes to live a happy religious life. She wrote it in the form of a recipe. Her time in the kitchen, chapel and classroom come together in this culinary poem.
Add 1 tsp. prayer, constantly
Apply 1 cup acceptance, willingly
Spread 3 tbs. love, thoroughly
Sprinkle 4 tsp. humility, gradually
Stir in 1 oz. sharing, truthfully
Whisk in 3 tbs. compassion, gently
Pour in 1 cup forgiveness, continually
Blend in 1/4 cup unity, fraternally
Sieve in 3 tsp. listening, trustfully
Add prayer constantly in all circumstances.
Apply acceptance to cut down the acid of rejection.
Spread love thoroughly to all and for all.
Sprinkle humility gradually until selfishness and ego dissolves.
Stir in sharing truthfully until there is no more injustice and growth rises.
Whisk in compassion gently when anger gets overheated.
Pour in forgiveness continually to soften hearts when hard.
Blend in fraternal unity to bring individual pieces together.
Sieve in listening trustfully, to cool down frustration and discord
Mix all ingredients together in the bowl of community. Bake in the heart at 365 degrees for 24 hours daily, year after year. Serve to your brothers and sisters with joy, ungrudgingly and in generous portions.
Composed by Sister Mary Margaret F., edited by EMR