IN THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT, Jesus taught his disciples to “go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.” Fortunately, I live in a community where I am only a few steps from our chapel; I can go there and pray. In my small apartment, I have created a “cell” marked by mementos of pilgrimages to Tintern Abbey in Wales and the island of Iona. Prayer and spiritual books put me in touch with monks and mystics who show the way, who have walked the hard road that leads to life.
I also know that I can “pray without ceasing” and realize God’s presence wherever i am without being lost in my illusions. By entering the narrow gate of a disciplined life of prayer, I discover the true meaning of life in the later years.
Go to a quiet place and spend 15 minutes in prayer, as you meditate on these words:
Be still and know that I am God
Be still and know
– Jane Marie Thibault and Richard L. Morgan
Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life
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Follow the steps outlined in the reflection, above. Share your thoughts.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:3-5, NRSV
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This week we remember: Anselm (April 21).
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