Pray Always

From Br. Joseph —

This is the sixth reflection on seven signposts for the season of Lent (and for all seasons).

Pray always.

Prays always; if necessary, use words.

Our words in prayer are very important, be them words of gratitude or of amazement, words for forgiveness, or words of need for others or for ourselves. But prayer is more than words. The essence of prayer is a deep longing to be with God. Prayer fosters and nourishes this awareness of God’s presence—our be-with-ness with God—in the world, in others, and in ourselves.

So, enough words. Take this moment to pray, to be aware of your be-with-ness with God. Pray the Our Father or any other words that come to mind.

Or maybe just sit in silence for the moment. Listen. Pause the monologue in your mind and become aware. No words. No labels. No descriptions. Just be. Receive the silence around you. For silence is not the absence of sound but the fullness of sound, as white light contains all the colors of the spectrum. If the room is noisy, then try to notice the silence between the sounds. There is a silence underneath the sounds, supporting the sounds, embracing the sounds. Silence is to sound as God is to creation.

Pray. And if necessary, use words. Be aware of your be-with-ness with God.

Keep hope alive.
Dare to trust.
Surrender to grace.
••• Reflect love. •••
Gravitate to humility.
Pray always.

Our Lady of Mercy is praying for us…