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March 27, 2014
THURSDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT
I remember being on a retreat a few years back, sitting in front of the Blessed Sacrament. I felt nothing but frustration. My internal prayer dialogue probably went something like…
ME: Jesus, please just help me to feel SOME kind of connection. Give me a sign or some guidance. Anything.
ME: Okay, well maybe if I could just have a tiny bit of clarity on where you want me to focus my current decisions?
Then I looked over at a friend who was in front of Jesus snoring, sound asleep. The next day, she told me that she had learned that God speaks in whispers. Setting aside time to be present with him is often more beneficial than trying to force emotion. Her sleeping was not a sign of disrespect, but rather her being able to be at peace with no walls up in the face of God.
Being able to listen to God’s voice when he isn’t necessarily giving us the answers we want is a gift. Even setting aside five minutes a day to sit in silence without the expectation of a grand solution to some worldly problem can move mountains in our prayer lives.
- Have I let frustration in the lack of specific answers distance my heart from God in my prayer life?
- What can I do to recognize God as origin and reason for the good fortunes in my life?
Class of 2014
Future Plans: I would like to be a fashion buyer in Los Angeles.
St. Mary’s Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday. (94)