In today’s blog we continue exploring the charisms, magic, spiritual gifts with which you have been uniquely gifted to experience meaning, purpose and fulfillment in your life and through which you are called to serve the betterment of the world. In today’s blog, I explore a charism that is not listed among the twenty-six identified by the Catherine of Siena Institute. This charism is not explicitly stated in scripture, but is instead lived in and through the many women and men portrayed therein. Those embodying this charism include: Eve, Rebekah, Miriam, Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, David, Solomon, Esther, John the Baptist, Mary, Judas, Mary the Magdalene, Paul, Peter, oh yeah…..and Jesus. 🙂
So too have we seen throughout history, men and women endowed with this charism: Francis of Assisi, Hildegard of Bingen, Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Siena, Joan of Arc, Oscar Romero, Gandhi, the Founding Fathers, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gloria Steinem, Dorothy Day, Mother Theresa, Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, etc. The list goes on an on of great people who stepped from out from the fold and said or did something that caused a radical turn of events. These are the people that DARED to see and speak the truth in a world immersed in denial. These are the people who rocked the boat, stirred the pot and got society to see its shadow so that it could then be brought into the light. These are the rock n roll change-makers because they DARED to see the truth, say, and do something about it. Of course, no one really welcomes this bunch, in fact, all of them have been criticized, condemned and persecuted, even killed, for daring to hold up the mirror to a world in denial and holding the world accountable to its “sins.”
We know who these people are and we understand the uniquely creative way in which they have been gifted to find meaning and purpose in their life and through which they are empowered to work toward the betterment of the world. So, what are we to call this unique charism? I can only think of one word appropriate to this benevolent, albeit challenging gift: I hereby identify the unnamed charism as the charism of:
And to all the shit-disturbers out there, I offer the following poem as both an affirmation and a gesture of thanks!
“She doesn’t play well with others,” they said;
Most often by those with markers of red.
“Follow the rules, toe the line,
Then in our eyes, you will shine.”
“When words of authority are duly obeyed,
Only then will you make the grade.”
But what’s one to do when the truth inside
Screams, kicks and shouts when you tell it to hide?
Rolling, twisting, churning about
Promising unrest until you let it out.
Peace only found when truth given voice.
It’s not like I really ever had a choice.
It seems I was made to show and tell.
I can’t help the truth is their version of hell.
Copyright 2014 Lauri Ann Lumby