Thursday, January 8, 2015

What's on Your Grille?

We've said the following here many times, and now we'll go for many plus one:

The grille is a powerful symbol.  In the cloistered heart way of life I’m describing, it is the important symbol.  It is a place of separation and, just as importantly, it is a place of encounter.  It is only through the grille that some cloistered individuals connect with the world.

Every human being has been given, by God, a way to connect with the world.  A way to see situations correctly; a way to interact with others appropriately.

God invites each one of us to view and respond to every person and every circumstance through His will.

We do not have to guess what that will is.  God has revealed it to us.  Scripture and the authentic teachings of the Church make up the bars of our grille.

One exercise that I've found helpful over the years is to write scriptures on pictures of grillwork, or sometimes on pieces of plain cardboard on which I've drawn a simple 'grid' of squares. I have gone so far as to cut out the holes on some of these.  It's a simple little 'craft,' but it does help drive the point home for me. I am not so good at remembering to see and respond to people and circumstances 'through the grille,' so I benefit from a stream of tangible reminders. 

The important thing, of course, is to become familiar with my 'grillwork.' I have a number of Bibles in my home - do I read them? Do I spend time in prayer with Scripture? Do I allow the Word of God to form my mind and heart, so I can interact with the world as I am called to do?

As I have been writing this, I've been constantly reminded of a television commercial (I think for insurance) in which someone asks about the contents of our wallets. The contents of our minds are obviously of much more importance.  'Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may judge what is God's will, what is good, pleasing and perfect.'  (Romans 12:0). It is a vital bar of our grille. 

The grillwork of God's Word to us is perfect, made-for-us-insurance when we face the world around us.

What's on YOUR grille?



  1. What's on YOUR grille? one word Fidelity

    What a great discovery! Something you barely half-understood turned out to be very clear when you had to explain it to others.

    You had to speak very gently with someone, who was disheartened because he felt useless and did not want to be a burden to anyone... You understood then, better than ever, why I always talk to you about being little donkeys turning the water-wheel: carrying on faithfully, with large blinkers which prevent us personally seeing or tasting the results — the flowers, the fruit, the freshness of the garden — confident about the effectiveness of our fidelity.

    St Josemaria, The Furrow 345

    1. Thank you for sharing this. The writings of St. Josemaria are rich treasures indeed!

  2. Come, follow Me...God alone...prefer nothing whatever to Christ...You did not choose me, but I chose you...

    "It is a place of separation and, just as importantly, it is a place of encounter.."

    So true! Thanks for this, Nancy. xx

    1. And thank you so much, Trish. "God Alone." Absolutely.