Three 20-something women trying to figure out what it means to be lay, Catholic, and modern all at once.

February 17, 2010

Into the Silent Land

I think Lent is a time given to us to enter "into the silent land." This is a time when we take a good, hard look at ourselves and at Christ in deep discernment. "Who are You?" we ask the Lord. "And who am I?

I think my Lenten "theme" this year will be silence. Everything I fast from, everything I build into my day, everything I read, and the way that I pray will be molded around this idea that we need silence. One book that I recommend to everyone, which bears the title of this post, was written by a graduate professor of mine and a extraordinary homilist. He leads the Catholic Christian deeper into the practice of contemplation in an accessible way.

I used to be diligent about my practice of contemplative prayer: twenty minutes in the morning and twenty minutes in the afternoon. And then life consumed me, and it has been years since I have really been regularly silent with the Lord. But again, the Church provides us with the seasons to start over and to continually prepare ourselves for our encounter with Christ.

I said to my soul, be will, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not yet ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be light, and the stillness the dancing.

T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets

1 comment:

Aaron said...

I've taken up a similar theme of being present and listening. I realized the other day that my prayer time is often just relaxation time. Not that relaxation is bad, but if it simply involves putting up your feet (metaphorically and sometimes literally) and griping to God about your day, that's a pretty shallow start. We should come to Him attentive and eager, ready to spend time with Him. And ready to listen. It's a wonder how much noise we put into our lives...

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