Week of December 11, 2016
Most of you are aware that St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta was recently canonized as a saint in our Church. What a blessing for us to have such a witness to the life of Jesus here on earth! As Catholics we can be proud of that….and yet we can be challenged to never forget the “poorest of the poor” which St. Mother Teresa so boldly helped and defended. I have for you a beautiful reflection from St. Mother Teresa that you might enjoy and be enriched by. St. Mother Teresa was contemplative and a mystic who both shared Christ’s joy and yet suffered like Him much. Here are her words for us this Advent Season:
“Prayer is a two-way process: speaking and listening. God speaks to us: we listen. We speak to God, God listens. God speaks in the silence of our heart and we listen. And, then we speak to God from the fullness of our heart and God listens. Our words are useless unless they come from the bottom of our heart.
If we really want to pray, we must first learn to listen: for in the silence of the heart God speaks. Silence of the heart, not only of the mouth, is necessary. Our prayer life suffers much because our hearts are not silent. Contemplatives have sought God in the silence and solitude of the desert, forest, mountain. We too are called to withdraw at certain intervals into deeper silence and aloneness with God, together as a community as well as personally. To be alone with God, not with our books, thoughts and memories but completely stripped of everything, to dwell lovingly in God’s presence-silent, empty, expectant and motionless.
Listen in silence, because if your heart is full of other things you cannot hear God’s voice. But when you have listened to God’s voice in the stillness of your heart, then your heart is filled with God. Then you can hear God everywhere: in the closing of a door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, the animals-that silence which is wonder and praise.” St. Mother Teresa.
May your Advent journey be filled with peace!
Fr. LeRoy Scheierl