In the Silence…

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still

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“Be still and know that I am God” ~ PS46  I used this Scripture passage for a recent retreat reflection.  It is short and sweet, and says so much.  Today, take a little time to reflect on this passage.  Can you be still? 

In the silence, be with God…

observe

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“Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart” ~ 1SAM16  Do you remember your strengths or your weaknesses?  What do you focus on most?  Just for today, reflect on all of your gifts, talents, strengths, and good qualities.  At the end of the day, have a conversation with God concerning what you have learned about yourself. 

In the silence, God observes…

muscle

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“Beloved: Bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.” ~ 2TIM1:8B-10  Resistance can knock you down, when you seek to follow God.  Pray for strength.  If you are struggling and back sliding, take time today to pause and pray.  Pray for God’s Grace to help you through, so you can keep moving forward toward God’s blessings. 

In the silence, pray for strength…

release

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“My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit; a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.” ~ PS51  I am serving on a retreat team this week as a Prayer Guide.  As I reflected this morning during my personal prayer time, God reminded me to let go of the outcomes I hope for each retreatant.  God is with us on retreat, and I can trust God with the work in each soul. 

In the silence, let go and let God…

tradition

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“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.’” ~ MT6:1-6,16-18  Today, we being the Lenten Season.  The tradition for many people is to give up things.  Some don’t even know why they are doing this practice, and talk on and on about it.  Consider what you will offer the Lord during Lent. 

In the silence, keep your offering a secret…

begging

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“Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Jesus. She came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter…” ~ MK7:24-30  Does your prayer include pleading with God?  I think it is natural to beg for some of our urgent needs.  After we have asked for our desire, then we can trust and accept God’s outcome. 

In the silence, God knows best…

devotion

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“Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war. My refuge and my fortress, my stronghold, my deliverer, my shield, in whom I trust, who subdues my people under me. O God, I will sing a new song to you; with a ten-stringed lyre I will chant your praise, You who give victory to kings, and deliver David, your servant from the evil sword” ~ PS144   This Psalm is a prayer of David.  Today, write out your heart prayer to God. 

In the silence, praying…

ritual

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Often people think of the Catholic faith as being more about the rituals than the practice.  Everyone has daily rituals.  Get up, drink coffee, watch TV, drive to work…these are daily habits.  A ritual is “an established procedure.”  Prayer, Reading the Sacred Scriptures, quiet Meditation, and fellowship are some daily rituals that can help you deepen your relationship with God.  What rituals help you grow closer to God? 

In the silence, consider the Spiritual pattern of your day…

bless the Lord

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“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all my being, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” ~ PS103  Praising God is an important part of a mature prayer life.  When we sing praises to God, we lift up our spirit, heart, and mind toward God. 

In the silence, sing praise…

guidance

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“On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a Spirit of counsel and of strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, but he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the land’s afflicted. He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.” ~ IS11:1-10 

In the silence, ask for the grace to let your faith bud blossom…