Sarah [a physically and mentally disabled girl] was a fascinating presence to the retreatants. Some would sit with her for an hour or two, just exchanging – I don’t know what you’d call it – some kind of subtle communication. She could remember many of her admirers and showed special interest when they came again. She gradually became a member of the staff without doing anything. She was just there. It occurred to many participants that she somehow epitomized what the retreat was all about – namely, just being. Her contribution had nothing to do with actions or accomplishments; it was just a celebration of life. Although she had only a tiny sliver of it compared to the rest of humanity, it was still life and wonderful in its simplicity.
Fra Thomas Mertons "Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander":
I vores væsens centrum er der et punkt af intethed, som er uberørt af synd og forblindelse, et punkt af ren sandhed, et punkt eller en gnist, som helt og holdent tilhører Gud, som vi aldrig kan disponere over, som er udgangspunkt for Guds disponeren over vores liv, og som er upåvirkeligt af forstandens fantasier og viljens brutalitet. ***