…the quote’s even denser in the French: “attention” = attendre, which doubles as “waiting” and is suggestive of patience as well as focus.
St. Simone also said: “Attentiveness without an aim is the supreme form of prayer” [my italics]. Which, I’d suggest, aligns prayer with play —
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
When I’m attending to the human person before me, when I’m genuinely present within those moments of true living, I become utterly aware of all the beauty around me, within me, within the person.
The wisdom that knows how to share with the many without ignoring the few comes with much pain…one of the crosses carried by God’s children…to what is truly need and what is simply demand. Sometimes they will be found in opposite directions; at other times they will found in the same place…and it all means work.
Yes! ignore…the racism, the bigotry, the hatred manifest where fear has taken control and become one aspect a of layer over their
personality. They are on a trajectory that will not end well. Imho One must love that of God in them and know they are in his care.