wellspring reflection theme
We reflected on “Gratefulness” as our theme in 2021. Our theme for reflection in 2022 is the virtue of “Simplicity.” This year, we want to strive to learn to “be simple” and “live simply.” We want to let “simplicity” become our way of being, living and acting.
Our world has become increasingly complex. Complexity tends to govern our civic, political, religious, social, and spiritual organizations. Even our churches are becoming burdened with complex organizational structures and processes. Complexity appears to be impressive, even attractive. But it creates lack of understanding, even misunderstanding and leads to confusion and chaos. Complexity seems to keep ordinary people confused, lost and dependent on experts and specialists. It does not contribute to the intended purpose.
Confucius says, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” God's way is simple. The message of the Gospel is simple. Simplicity defines the way of Jesus and his message. The message of Jesus, the truth He proclaimed and the life He offered are not so complicated that we need a doctorate in theology to understand and appreciate. The laws that govern our spiritual lives are not so complicated that only a graduate degree in canon law can help us figure it out. God’s love is simple and pure. His call to conversion and transformation do not require elaborate, complicated rites, rituals, and processes. A simple yes to the call of love will lead us to the transformation of our life in Christ.
Many words are used to define and describe simplicity – sincerity, naturalness, freedom from deceit or guile, freedom from complexity, freedom from extravagance, luxury, pure, unmixed, and other similar words. However, we want to search, reflect, study, and understand simplicity in its essence and in practice. Simplicity in essence is purity, sincerity, genuineness, authenticity, and integrity. And in practice, it involves a personal choice of lifestyle that is simple, and a spiritual discipline that tames and trains us to choose to live simply, to simplify our preferences, activities, plans, projects, and possessions as well as our prayer and worship forms. Mahatma Gandhi advises us, “Live simply so that others may simply live.” Please join us as we try to understand simplicity as a virtue and strive to form and nurture a simple lifestyle.
Fr. Gus Tharappel, msfs
WELLSPRING PRAYER FOR 2022
Lord, teach me to be simple and humble in my ways.
Help me not to busy myself with great matters, things too sublime for me.
Free my heart from pride and arrogance, resentment, and bitterness
and from all things that burden my soul.
Give me a pure heart and a steadfast spirit,
free me from anger, envy, hatred, jealousy, self-pity, and the like.
Help me to create space in my heart for kindness and compassion,
gratitude and generosity, peace and love.
Open the eyes of my heart Lord that I may see the simple gifts,
and the simple people that surround me in abundance.
Lord, help me be honest with myself.
You are the light in which I see all truth, even the truth that is hard to see,
truth about myself, my character, my strengths and my weaknesses.
Heal my brokenness and help me live in truth.
Help me accept myself the way you made me to be,
live the way you want me to live and be what you want me to be.
Fr. Gus Tharappel, msfs