To use a simple
definition, prayer is our love joined to
God's love, and that love visits the person for whom we are praying.
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In The Present Moment
"Silence is God's first language, everything else is a poor translation.
order to hear that language, we must learn to be still and to rest in
Thomas Keating, Invitation to Love
The heart of our life and work is daily
celebration of the Sacrifice of the Mass. We pray daily for our friends and benefactors
and for the growth of a new culture of life and civilization of love. Send us your
intentions to be placed before the altar in our Chapel at St. Bernardine Monastery. Please
remember our apostolic efforts in your prayers and donations. God bless you.
I believe that one of the most difficult acts of self
discipline in the spiritual journey is to concentrate on the present moment. We all have a
very strong tendency to often disregard the importance of the present moment by focusing
in a wrong way on the past or in a wrong way on the future.
When we give in to this tendency we suffer a significant
spiritual loss even in our prayer life. There are proper occasions for thinking of the
past and the future. For example, we have to learn from the past and we have to prepare
for the future, but our great emphasis has to be upon the present.
There is a Latin axiom which says, "age quod
agis", which means: do what you are doing, concentrate on the present. And, of
course, we are familiar with the term in the history of spirituality: the sacrament of the
present moment. Growth in self-discipline should include a greater determination to get as
much as we can out of the present moment.
People with a terminal illness have the opportunity, as they
prepare for death, for increased prayer, contrition, love of God. For those who have the
opportunity of knowing with some certainty the time of their death, I'm sure as they look
back on their lives, they are saddened by the times they did not use time and
opportunities for the service of the Lord properly, and are overjoyed at those times in
which they did use the present opportunity properly.
A great means we have of living in the present properly is a
greater focus upon our Lord. For if I have that awareness of the fact I am united with
Jesus here and now, why should I be concerned so much about the future or the past?
Yes, a great help in living in the present and deriving all
the good we can from it for ourselves and others is an ever greater focus on Jesus,
because the more I focus upon Jesus and the more I live with Him in the present moment,
the more I am satisfied with the present moment.
Now is the time. Now is the time to live and to love. Now is
the time to become more united to Christ, to be more one with Him. Now is not yesterday;
now is not tomorrow; now is today, and today is a gift from the Lord.
Fr. Patrick Quinn, T.O.R.
The Franciscan Friars
St. Bernardine Monastery
P.O. Box 139
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-0139
COME HOLY SPIRIT
Taken from: Out of the Ordinary
by: Joyce Rupp
Come, Holy Spirit,
Help me to replace the
busyness of my life with a simpler lifestyle, so
I will focus on "the deeper things" in life and allow time
Nourish my yearnings to
understand and to appreciate myself;
keep me from being too self-oriented and unmindful of other's needs.
Fill me with trust in
your consoling presence. Calm me when I am
anxious and troubled about many things.
Help me to have the
courage to empty myself of everything that does
not contribute to the transformation of the world.
Continue to create a
deep hunger for you within me. Feed me with
"the finest wheat" of your joy, peace and love.
Often replenish my weary
spirit with an enthusiasm and energy that
comes from surrendering my life to you.
Be my wisdom as I search
for meaning in a world fraught with pain,
suffering, hostility, and division.
Keep me hungry for you,
Source of Life, so that I will always ache
and yearn a bit for you.
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