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52 Dresses: The Heart of a Woman as Seen by God Ch 29 – A Dress of Gazes - Regnum Christi

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52 Dresses: The Heart of a Woman as Seen by God Ch 29 – A Dress of Gazes


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“You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride;  you have ravished my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one bead of your necklace.” -Song of Songs 4:9

REFLECTION

Your gaze is a gift to the world.

I have vivid memories of a game I used to play with one of my nieces when she was 3 years old. It was a staring contest, where we would look into each other’s eyes to see who could last the longest without closing them. Obviously, the fun part was that after a few seconds she would laugh and I would be mean, blowing in her face until she closed her eyes. Then I would say, “I won.” The poor thing did not know what to do and asked me to play again. In the end, she learned, she blew in my face, and I let her win.

The exchange of gazes is an open language and a silent one. Who does not remember their mother’s look that communicated more than a thousand words? We all understood if we had done something wrong, if Dad was going to scold us, or if he needed help.

This gaze has a particular strength that lifts and welcomes, that cares and heals, that reaches out to give you peace and security. The gaze is the first step in recognizing another, and my reaffirmation through them.

It is a powerful gaze and full of intention, it does not seek to possess, but to create communion, relationship, and empathy.

You woman, must turn that same gaze on yourself, and be dressed in gazes so that you too can know yourself by seeing, and in seeing yourself, get to know others better and recognizing yourself through the other.

The dress of gazes will remind you of that gaze of God when “he saw that everything was good.” A gaze that is enjoyed in creation and seeks a clear order and harmony for those who have the patience and intuition to look without wishing to possess.

Become aware that your gaze is a gift to the world; it is a reminder of the creator and the healing of creation. An unhurried gaze, a look of love that is born from eyes of mercy. A look that opens and frees hearts that gives hope and meaning to a fast-paced life in which it seems impossible to let your gaze rest.

Dressed like this, dare to stop the world and give the gift of a gaze, not only to acquaintances but to all those who need to be recognized. Enrich each person who crosses your path with a look that uplifts the fallen, accompanies the lost, heals the sick, gives rest to the fatigued and makes visible those who feel invisible.

That gaze of yours will save humanity. And you will see yourself reflected in the eyes of those whom you see, and you will find meaning on your pilgrimage through this world. Your tears will be tears of joy that come from having given life through your eyes.

Just as Jesus looked at the rich young man or at St. Matthew, and loved them, you are also called to look with love and to love by looking. Creation hopes and waits for you to wear this gaze so that you can be a prophet and a poet of God, reminding humanity that we are good, that there is forgiveness, that there is hope when we feel loved through so many gazes.

TEXT FOR MEDITATION

“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”- 1 Samuel 16:7

JOURNEY/ CHALLENGE

During the week ahead, challenge yourself to direct at least three intentional, conscious gazes every day–gazes loaded with love, forgiveness, consolation and patience– to those you love and to three people you do not know.

PRAYER

THOSE EYES OF YOURS

On a radiant morning,
in the silence that awakens to Creation,
in the midst of the despair of so many hearts,
These eyes of mine want to see you.

My memory caresses the memory of your call;
of your feet walking along the beach, leaving deep footprints;
of your voice, which came unexpectedly to invite me to follow you;
of your gaze, which was a reflection of heaven.
I want to see those eyes of yours now.

Where are you, O Crucified?
You announced your Passion to me and I trembled;
You spoke to me of a cruel death
and I did not want to believe you.

You said something about resurrecting, but my pain
did not want to listen to you.
I want to remember those eyes of yours now.

Those eyes of yours, doors of eternity.
Those eyes of yours that spoke great truth.
Those eyes of yours, paths of friendship.
Those eyes of yours that spark pure goodness.

Those eyes of yours, today I saw them resurrected!
Returning to me to gaze.
Returning to me to love.
Returning to me to guide.

Thank you, Lord, for those eyes of yours that are
a memory of Heaven,
a path of eternal life,
a seal of fidelity.

Extract taken from the book  Jesús a mi alma  by Fr. Guillermo Serra, LC.

Past chapters of   52 Dresses: The Heart of a Woman as Seen by God  are available in Spanish on my YouTube channel , and in English on the  RC Live  blog.  I welcome your comments  below.

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Alex Kucera

Atlanta

Alex Kucera has lived in Atlanta, GA, for the last 46 years. He is one of 9 children, married to his wife Karmen, and has 3 girls, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. Alex joined Regnum Christi in 2007. Out of the gate, he joined the Helping Hands Medical Missions apostolate and is still participating today with the Ghana Friendship Mission.

In 2009, Alex was asked to be the Atlanta RC Renewal Coordinator for the Atlanta Locality to help the RC members with the RC renewal process. Alex became a Group Leader in 2012 for four of the Atlanta Men’s Section Teams and continues today. Running in parallel, in 2013, Alex became a Team Leader and shepherded a large team of good men.

Alex was honored to be the Atlanta Mission Coordinator between 2010 to 2022 (12 years), coordinating 5-8 Holy Week Mission teams across Georgia. He also created and coordinated missions at a parish in Athens, GA, for 9 years. Alex continues to coordinate Holy Week Missions, Advent Missions, and Monthly missions at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming, GA.

From 2016 to 2022, Alex also served as the Men’s Section Assistant in Atlanta. He loved working with the Men’s Section Director, the Legionaries, Consecrated, and Women’s Section leadership teams.

Alex is exceptionally grateful to the Legionaries, Consecrated, and many RC members who he’s journeyed shoulder to shoulder, growing his relationship with Christ and others along the way. He knows that there is only one way, that’s Christ’s Way, with others!