Taking the Bus and Ladautio Si

Simplicity is a key part to what it means to be Marist. In Pope Francis’ encyclical “Ladautio Si” he writes about this in paragraph 222

Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life, and encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep enjoyment free of the obsession with consumption. We need to take up an ancient lesson, found in different religious traditions and also in the Bible. It is the conviction that “less is more”. A constant flood of new consumer goods can baffle the heart and prevent us from cherishing each thing and each moment. To be serenely present to each reality, however small it may be, opens us to much greater horizons of understanding and personal fulfilment. Christian spirituality proposes a growth marked by moderation and the capacity to be happy with little. It is a return to that simplicity which allows us to stop and appreciate the small things, to be grateful for the opportunities which life affords us, to be spiritually detached from what we possess, and not to succumb to sadness for what we lack. This implies avoiding the dynamic of dominion and the mere accumulation of pleasures.

intheairportbusThis quote has to do with the choices we make. Recently I was travelling from the airport to where I was staying on the other side of the city of Melbourne. I had a choice whether to drive either via taxi or car, or take the bus. I chose the bus. Even though it took a little longer, I wanted to experience Melbourne. To gain a sense of the people and the surroundings. To look out the window as I travelled. To notice life; instead of rushing past. After the bus trip, I walked up the road to where I was staying. I sensed a peace within myself. It was not just about the destination, but the journey and the in-between. Taking the bus helped the environment by burning less fuel, saved me money on the trip, and kept the bus driver employed.

We must reflect on the choices we make. To look for a  deeper purpose. The choices we make must shift away from ego centred desire for fast results , rather, choices which build a connection to a wider reality.