Hello again world. After a blog hiatus during which I was co-chairing Catholic Schools Week at my children’s elementary school, I am back to the blog. (Catholic Schools week was so much more work than I expected, but worth it. More on that later.) Thanks for your patience!
I had an enlightening prayer experience from this morning. I had a simple decision to make: should I go to my prayer group this morning (having not been in many weeks) or should I stay home and write? I know I need to write, and I love to write, but that’s part of the problem. I love it so much, it feels like an indulgence. The prayer group is good for my soul, right?
Well, yes.. (Also, not going gives me a good case of Catholic guilt.) I prayed: “God, help me. What should I do?”
As I sat down to have some breakfast, I picked up a Lenten Prayer booklet based on Thomas Merton’s writings. Today’s entry is The Healing Silence of Recollection, based on Psalm 62, verse 1: For God alone my soul waits in silence; from God come my salvation. The reflection includes this advice:
There should be at least one room, or some corner, where no one will find you and disturb you or notice you. You should be able to untether yourself from the world and set yourself free… O God, help me to seek silence to be with you.
It doesn’t get much more direct than that. The answer to my prayers is not always so clear, but today it is, and I am grateful. There is more than one way to be with God. And today, for me, it will be through prayer and writing.
Thank you O Lord for your help and guidance, and for noticing even the small things in my life. Help me to write well, through your will and in your name. Amen.