Let us accept the different path of others.
Let us not compare or envy.
Let us not control a parent, child or colleague … instead,
Let’s admire the place they have in the world;
Let them simply be
Call to prayer
God is infinitely patient and will not push into our lives.
God knows the greatest thing given us is our freedom.
If we want habitually, even exclusively,
to operate from the level of our own reason, God will respectfully keep silent.
We can fill ourselves with our own thoughts, ideas, images, feelings,
God will not interfere.
But if we invite God with attention,
opening the inner spaces with silence,
the Holy One will speak to our souls, not in words or concepts
but in the mysterious way that Love expresses itself –
Basil Pennington, Centered Living
Silence and stillness
As you sit quietly with your sacred word, give consent to God’s presence and action within.
Taizé chant: In manus tuas (Click here to listen to the chant)
In manus tuas, Pater, commendo spiritum meum.
Into your hands, father, I commend my spirit.
Psalm 131 Click below to listen to the psalm, or click here to read it.
For reflection (one for each of five days):
How sensitive am I to how I use my power? Where might God be nudging me to let go of control, to be accepting of another’s chosen path?
A sheep found a hole in the fence and got out through it, happy to find itself, at last, set free.
It walked for a long time and lost the way back home. Only then did it see that a hungry wolf was following it close behind. The sheep ran and the wolf ran even more … until the shepherd arrived in time and saved the animal, and took it home very tenderly.
And against the advice of his friends who saw what happened, the shepherd refused to mend the hole in the fence through which the sheep had fled,
‘Because’ he said, ‘it must be guaranteed its freedom!’
Anthony de Mello, Praying Body & Soul, p 21
On tiptoe we stand, Lord Jesus,
eagerly awaiting your full revelation
always expecting you to come some more.
Our hands and hearts are open to your grace.
Our lives still waiting for the fullness of your presence.
We are those who have been promised the kingdom, and we can never forget;
yet we have a foot in both worlds and we stumble.
But still we stand
owning our kingdom-loving hearts
and our earth-eyes.
We lean forward
Wiederkehr, p 69
Anthony de Mello, 2004, Praying Body and Soul, The Columba Press, Dublin
Macrina Wiederkehr,1991, Seasons of your Heart, Harper Collins, SanFrancisco.