12-16-2018 "Take Time to Step Back From Our Hectic Lives"

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
DECEMBER 16, 2018 - THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SAFE RELEASE OF LEAH SHARIBU AND OTHERS WHO ARE HELD CAPTIVE BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO RENOUNCE THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
"Jesus came to us as a child so that we might come to understand not only that nothing we do is insignificant, but that every small thing we do has within it the power to change the world.”

Joan Chittister, OSB
"TAKE TIME TO STEP BACK FROM OUR HECTIC LIVES"
How do you dedicate time, space, and yourself to be present in silence with God without distractions?

If we are honest with ourselves, we will admit that we are hungry—hungry for an authentic encounter with God, and hoping to have our lives transformed by that encounter. We want to experience God now and through that experience to find meaning, purpose, fulfillment and joy in our lives.

Advent is a time of new beginning, expectation, and hope for the future. It is a time to step back from the whirlwind of life, to look back on what has happened to us, to take stock of where we are at this moment in our lives, and to make any necessary changes for a better future now and, with God’s grace, throughout eternity.

Advent calls us to a deep, passionate surrender of our-selves to our loving God. Allow us this Advent to re-claim for ourselves a sense of wonder and awe at the mystery of God at the depth of our being.

Our prayer is simply one of “being real with God” and letting God “in” to the often messy reality of our lives. Our hectic lives are like a pool of water when it is agitated and churned up. It makes it impossible to see into it. At best, we can only see our distorted reflection. On-ly when our mind and heart become calm and clear, is it possible for us to see into the depths of God’s love.

We are called to become quiet within and listen to the deepest desires of our heart, where God speaks to us. We are called to step back from our hectic lives, to find a quiet place where we will dedicate time, make space, and be present to God, allow God to be present to us, and where others will not distract us. Let us choose to turn off our TVs, iPads, computers, and our mobile phones in order to create an atmosphere of solitude – where we can be present and alone with our God.

It is a time to leave aside our public roles or whatever “masks” we wear in our social life. Today we face the Lord naked and vulnerable. We let God see our heart because we come to realize that God loves us as we are. “God is closer to us than we are to ourselves.” It is a time to allow our true desires, our fears, our concerns and our hopes to surface, and to listen to the “inner voice” of God loving and communing with us.

Make no effort to achieve, to get things done, or to gather, possess or control. Today is not for doing, but for being. Allow God to caress you and allow each breath you take to say “Yes” to God.

Advent is a time to prepare for Christ’s coming into the world – into our lives – and God’s desire to be close to us through each of us.. As Jesus promised us, “I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Mt 28:20).
Reflect on Your Experience

What prevents you from spending more time in solitude with God?

What can you do to help change that?
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  
Compendium on the Social Doctrine of the Church    Compendio de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia
Videos
"Silence" (Dynamic Catholic)

"The Value of Silence" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"Experience God in Contemplative Prayer" (Fr. Thomas Keating)

"Contemplative Prayer" (Sr. Rebecca Shinas)

"The Cloud of Unknowing and Contemplative Prayer" (Fr. William Meninger)

"What is Contemplative Prayer and Why is it Important" (Fr. Richard Rohr)

"Silence Prayer" (Fr. Thomas Keating)
Music
"Come, Lord, Jesus"

"O Come Divine Messiah"

"Come, Lord, Maranatha!"
Other Resources
"Sit Down and Be Quiet: How to Practice Contemplative Mediation"

"What is Silent Prayer" (Franciscan Media)

"What is Contemplative Prayer?"

"Catholic Meditation and Contemplative Prayer: What's the Difference?"

"Seven Blessings of Silent Prayer" (Carl McColman)

"The Power of Silence in Prayer"

Advent and Christmas Resources 2018-2019

Other Prayer Resources

Social Services and Other Charitable Resources

Other Resources on Catholic Social Teaching
Reflection
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