by Sr Nunother
Vulnerability is from the Latin word vulnerabilis, meaning capable of being physically or emotionally wounded; open, sensitive, yielding readily to. It’s a quality that eludes me and in searching for it, I found Dave the Poodle. He weighs about ten pounds, has a bad back and bad breath. These things do not inhibit Dave, who enters a room as if everyone has been waiting just for him. He’s available for whatever a day offers and keenly aware of his mission to love and protect one sister in particular. Dave has an aesthetic bent that, if he were a person, would surely lead to a vocation in the arts. And he’s not afraid to let it show (see picture below!) I see great generosity in Dave’s vulnerability. When I’m defensive, and I often am, I’m an emotional miser, unable to meet or even recognize the needs of others.