July 15

Reflection

With the hectic pace and demands of  life, it often feels as if there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. We often feel stressed and over-worked. Our stress and tiredness make us unhappy, impatient and frustrated. We are often so busy we feel there is no time to quiet down, no time to pray or meditate. This should be reconsidered. During meditation, even for a short period of time, our minds and bodies are stilled and our whole focus is turned toward the Divine Mystery. For this period of time we pause, let go of our stress and calm ourselves. It is a restorative time of simplicity, integration and renewal. We all need it.

Prayer

O God, help me to remember that You are always present to me.

Action

I will try to make a specific time in my daily schedule to stop and have a period of meditation.

Suggested Reading

O God, my heart is not proud, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a child quieted at its mother’s breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul
O Israel, hope in God from this time forth and for evermore.
Psalms 131: 1 – 3

And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, nor about your body, what you shall put on For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
Luke 12: 22 – 31

Silence is a source of Great Strength.
Lao Tzu

In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.
Mother Teresa

Silence must be comprehended as not solely the absence of sound. It is the
natural environment for serenity and contemplation. Life without silence is
life without privacy. The difference between sanity and madness is the quality
of our thoughts. Silence is on the side of sanity.
Norman Cousins

Silence has a regenerative power of its own.
It is always sacred. It always returns you home.
Barbara De Angelis

The truest communication with God is absolute, total silence;
there is not a single word in existence that can convey this communication.
Bernadette Roberts

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