God is known –in a flash of vision which opens a door to Eternity

The following story is taken from a little collection called in a flash of vision, written by Sr Ishpriya.  Sr Ishpriya is an English Catholic Sacred Heart sister who, many years ago, went to live in India and there lives out her religious vocation, drawing on the practices and insights of the Indian spiritual traditions which enhance and deepen her living of her own Catholic Christian tradition. This is a beautifully poignant account of something which touched her deeply and which, in its tenderness and simplicity, most surely gives us a glimpse of Eternity.  

“The early morning express train from Pune to Bombay pulled into the station at Lonavala.  The tension and tiredness etched on the faces of the daily commuters to the city, seemed to incite the frenzied activity of the coolies and the chai-walas making their uneven ways among the jostling crowds on the platform.

My unseeing gaze slid over the familiar scene to be unexpectedly arrested by a small mound of sacks piled in the angle between two walls.  As I watched, the gentle fingers of the newly risen sun reached and caressed the little heap.  In spontaneous response it rose to greet the dawn.  One joyous bound and, a small boy had leapt to his feet.

His smile laughed back to the sun as he stretched his cramped body to its warmth.  Turning, he reverently retrieved the scattered sacks.  Each was folded with exquisite care and placed on top of the torn cardboard box which served as home.  A broken umbrella and a battered lota were then carefully replaced in position.  His total possessions thus lovingly set in order, he once more stretched his arms to greet another day, face radiant with the joy of being alive…

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