Dear Young People,
After much prayer, I've decided to begin a blog--a blog with a mission. Since I first began praying "Lectio Divina" when I was in my 20's, I have grown more and more in love with the Word...with the person of Jesus Christ. Every day Christ in the Sacred Scriptures is speaking-- He is speaking to each one of us individually, to our hearts, dispelling our fears, training our vision, confirming His Love and drawing us to Himself into His very heart, full of Love and Mercy. The purpose of this blog is help you to hear His voice. Christ has not abandoned us, He has not stopped loving, He has not stopped speaking but each of us must open our minds and hearts to hear His living and loving voice today in the silence of prayer. I will post a short and simple post centered on the next Sunday's Gospel and I will try to 'unpack' it for you a little and then give you a couple points that you can bring into your prayer. This first week I will try to post something on a daily basis, to draw us into the habit of slowly reading and reflecting on sacred scripture prayerfully. Then it will be just once a week in preparation for Sunday Mass. Our Bishop, His Excellency Bishop David Ricken is leading us all, into a more profound preparation for the Sacred Liturgy on Sunday. Let us prepare for the Lord's Day, let us open our hearts to His Word.
The most important thing to remember is to keep our eyes on Jesus the Word- "capital W" the Person of Jesus. Begin with a prayer to the Holy Spirit, even something simple as "Come Holy Spirit". Then read the gospel passage outloud. Then read it again more slowly. Be with Him- be with Jesus. He is alive in the Word. Don't try too hard to "make something happen", that's a trick of the evil one to get us focused back on ourselves and off of Jesus. Just stay with the Lord- rest in His company. Listen to what jumps out or bothers you or remains with you after reading the passage. The Lord often "starts the conversation" by bringing a word or sentence or image into our mind and heart. Stay with Him and watch Him, listen to Him and reflect upon what is He saying to you or showing you. Talk with Him from your heart, be REAL with Him (thats prayer). Let Him show you where He wants to bring you- that "metanoia" that deep conversion of heart - He will help, if we let Him. To sit at His feet, listen, and follow His lead is "being a disciple".
May God bless you and I am praying for you! Jesus IS with you!
"The fruit of Silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service and the fruit of service is peace" (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta)
In Jesus' Love,