In the Silence…

Contemplative Thoughts

very good

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“God looked at everything God had made, and found it very good.” ~ GEN1:31

Sometimes I reflect upon the creation text in the book of Genesis. I relish meditating on God admiring all of creation, and finding it very good.

In the silence, in wonder of God’s ongoing creation…

precious memories

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“Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And Jesus was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him.” ~ MT17:1-9

My feet stood on Mt Tabor in Israel on a November day in 2007. The wind swirled my hair about, and my palms sweat, before it was my turn to read from the Scriptures at our Mass in the Moses Chapel. I stood alone, and took deep breaths outside the beautiful Church of the Transfiguration, hoping to take in the holy moment so I would always remember it.

Today, reflect on your moments of transfiguration with the Lord. Write down everything about your experience, and savor the memory.

In the silence, grateful for my precious memories…

true comfort

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“I will turn their mourning into joy. I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.” ~ JER31:13

Take heart, God is with us now. God offers us true comfort and consolation, especially when we feel like we just can’t take anything more. Reach for God, and to the best of your ability, release your overwhelming situations. Thank God for each small consolation received with gratitude.

In the silence, I’m praying for you…

porch prayer

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“Jesus went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone.” ~ MT14:22-26

I was blessed to spend a week an hour away from the city. Mornings, I made my way out to the back porch by myself, where I listened to the surround sounds of nature. My breathing took on a slower rhythm while I prayed and stitched. The birds, bees, and butterflies went about their day. Sunshine, clouds, and rain followed with their dance. How easily my spirit connects God and nature, and how essential it is for me to visit nature my myself. Did Jesus experience this same need, when he went off by himself to the mountain to pray?

In the silence, pray with the rhythm of nature…

love and grace

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“Take, Lord, receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all I have and call my own. You have given it all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace, that is sufficient for me.” ~ St Ignatius of Loyola

My Dear Friend died last week. He was a St. Ignatius Scholar, and he always thought the best of me. I can never again hear his encouraging words, or see his bright smiling eyes. Grief is a process. I will experience many ups and downs through it. Perhaps we are all grieving the loss of people, events, and our old sense of normal.

In the silence, feeling the loss…

rich soil

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“…the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.” ~ MT13:18-23

In the spiritual life, what elements create high quality soil? How can you revitalize your spiritual ground?

In the silence, preparing my soil…

rain down

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“O Lord, your mercy reaches to heaven; your faithfulness, to the clouds.” ~ PS36

The grass in the backyard is very soggy and the garden is still drenched from recent downpours. God’s mercy can reach each of us, and soak us, like the rain. Open up to accept God’s mercy showers poured upon us.

In the silence, rain down your mercy…

in the shadow

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“You are my help, and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy. My soul clings fast to you; your right hand upholds me.” ~ PS63

The idea that I am tucked in by God’s protection is extremely comforting to me. I feel secure.

In the silence, in the shadow of your wings…

give freely

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“Do not neglect the gift you have, which was conferred on you through the prophetic word with the imposition of hands of the presbyterate.” ~ 1TIM4:14

I am a maker, artisan, and craftswoman. I create greeting cards to give away out of my supply of paper. I enjoy the process of creating, and the purpose of lifting someone’s spirits. Give freely from your personal gifts, and you will receive much in return.

In the silence, give freely…

simply pray

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“Brothers and Sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.” ~ ROM8:26-27

Prayer is a conversation with God. You don’t have to pray perfect words for God to understand you. Give yourself a moment, and then express what is in your mind and on your heart. Amen.

In the silence, simply pray…