OF GOD –
Lord Jesus may your infinite mercy penetrate my heart, that I may
learn to always be merciful as our Father in heaven is always
God, you will treat us with the same mercy that we have shown our
you’re like me, that last sentence made you pause. I count on God’s
infinite Mercy. I know I’m a sinner and I count on being forgiven.
But paraphrasing back to God what Jesus taught scares me a good
the Gospel we notice how the words of Jesus are usually mild and
loving, even when He’s addressing the worst of sinners. But His
language becomes harsh and very matter-of-fact when He speaks of
those who don’t show mercy and charity and He’s very clear on the
the three verses we read from Luke today it is crystal clear that we
will be treated as we treat others? Of course this applies to
judgement day, but doesn’t it also check with our everyday
experience? When we go about in a bad mood doesn’t the world reflect
that attitude right back at us? And when we are on cloud nine,
in such a good mood sunshine seems to radiate from our pores, doesn’t
that likewise bring a smile to the faces of those around us and seem
to get returned to us in kind?
claim, “We create the world we live in”. Of course, God creates the
world we live in, but Jesus tells us we play a key role in how our
world turns out? Indeed, we reap what we sow (Ga 6:7). God is
merciful; infinitely so. However, if we ourselves are not merciful,
we should brace for rough waters.
SILENT PRAYER PRACTICE and COLLOQUY
we made a concession to our contemplative practice by repeating a
vocal prayer as a kind of crutch to help recollect and still our
mind. Using verbal prayer in that manner, if done consistently over
time, will build internal Stillness. On days when our mind is still,
we may be able to enter directly into contemplative prayer, what St.
Theresa of Jesus (better know as St Theresa of Avila) calls the
“prayer of quiet” or better yet, the “prayer of union.” As stillness
builds over time you can phase out the repetitive verbal prayer.
Please always remember communing with God is not something “you”
can do. It is a gift provided by the grace of God; but nevertheless
St. Teresa ensures us there is a lot we can do to put ourselves in a
position to receive that grace and that’s what our silent prayer
practice is all about.
with your sights set on putting yourself in a place to receive God’s
grace you may want to pray in a manner similar to yesterday. For
today’s short prayer you could use “Lord, have mercy; Christ have
mercy.” Maybe saying “Lord have” on the in breath, and “mercy” on the
out breath. Then inhale “Christ have” and exhale “mercy”. Alternating
between “Lord have mercy” and “Christ have mercy” with each full
cycle of breath. Remember to pay complete attention to the words as
they form in your mind and the bodily sensations resulting from
yesterday, find a quiet place, sit comfortably, set your timer and
close your eyes. Ask Jesus for help and let Him know you can’t do
this alone. Look around inside and observe any sensations. Let the
mind still. Then, when you’re ready add in the prayer. Say the prayer
silently to yourself so it coincides with the rhythm of your breath.
Keep all the attention you can muster on every facet of the prayer as
it forms in your mind and the bodily sensations that arise from
breathing. Every time your mind wanders ask Christ’s help to stay in
His presence and then return the prayer practice. After the timer
goes off, thank Jesus and ask that He allow you to continue to feel
His presence as you go through your day.