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Subject:                          Day 7: February 23, 2021


  Feb. 23rd  Tuesday of the First Week of Lent Link to Daily Readings ; Is 55:10-11 Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 Mt 4:4b Mt 6:7-15 Resource Links: Introduction to 40 Day Contemplative Lenten Challenge Fasting and Prayer...







Feb. 23rd 

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent


Link to Daily Readings;

Is 55:10-11

Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19

Mt 4:4b

Mt 6:7-15


Resource Links:



PRESENCE OF GOD – Plunge me, O God, into the silence of your Word, and there teach me how to pray 



“…so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.” (Is 55:11) 


One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. (Mt 4:4b) 


“The First language of God is silence.” (St. John of the Cross) It is in silence that God continues His on-going work of creation.  This was so apparent to me this morning while walking in a silent world, made fresh by the snow that came down that night.  Snow that did not return, but is watering the earth, making it fertile and fruitful.   


It needs to be so in our interior life as well.  The Word of God does not return to Him if we, in silence, allow it to penetrate.  Cardinal Robert Sarah said that; “Prayer is, in the first place the work of the Holy Spirit, who prays in us, reshapes us interiorly, and plunges us into the depths of the One and Triune God.  This is why it is essential to keep silence and to listen, to agree to be stripped of our possessions and to give ourselves up to God, who is present in us.  What matters in prayer is not our talking but managing to be silent so as to let the Holy Spirit speak, to listen to him sighing and interceding on our behalf.  If we enter into the mysterious silence of the Holy Spirit, our prayers will certainly be heard because we have a listening heart.” 


The work of the Holy Spirit within us is the work of creation.  Sin is a disharmony of creation.  It separates us from God, from each other in community, from creation and even divides us from ourselves.  And just as we need bread to live so too does our soul need every Word from the mouth of God.  Words that will water our stony hearts, giving us natural hearts. 


The seven petitions of the Lord’s prayer are petitions that bring about creation.  After we have placed ourselves in the presence of God our Father to adore and to love and to bless him, the Spirit of adoption stirs up in our hearts seven petitions, seven blessings. The first three, more theological, draw us toward the glory of the Father; the last four, as ways toward him, commend our wretchedness to his grace. "Deep calls to deep."(CCC 2803).  Spend some time today in silent reflection on these petitions allowing them to penetrate into your heart 



Descend, Oh Holy Spirit into my heart.  Bring with you that sacred silence.  Give me the ears to hear the Word in that silence.  The Word, that brings a new creation.  The word that is Christ.  Remove my stony heart and give me a natural heart so that I may be in greater harmony with You in the Trinity, within myself, with one another, and with all of creation. 








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