On June 3rd, about 23 of us entered the sacred space of Bon Secours Retreat Center in Maryland for a one day retreat devoted to the practice of prayer through the Divine Office and the Lectio Divina. We were dialed into the rhythm and phases of the day and came to understand the vital practice of praying in the morning and evening as markers along the journey. Some of us will pray at noon and others may do so at the other offices of the day. But here’s the thing–we have kindled a practice of peace, turning and redirecting ourselves from the noise and belligerence of the world around us (and obviously by now we know that the media is belligerent or to put it more precisely, it is a platform for the belligerent). Turn away. Center down. Breathe deeply. Read a psalm. Pray a psalm. Chant a psalm. Practice silence. There is a rhythm of the Spirit and a practice of peace and how much we need this in our lives! Otherwise, what? Otherwise we are tossed by every wave of news and events that erupt in a day, a week, a month. Aren’t you exhausted by that? Of course, we all are. Practice this rhythm of the Spirit. If you want to discuss with me how you can implement this in your life, feel free to email me and set up a time.
Gathering for worship on Sundays is also a significant part of that rhythm of Spirit and practice of peace. You get to feel a part of the continent, of the whole; you embrace that which is greater than your self but at the same time have your singularity and uniqueness affirmed. By Song and prayer and scripture and proclamation, we are placed at the center of the celebration of our common humanity and shared humanity; we commune with the Holy One; the Good Shepherd leads us to green valleys and still waters. Why stay away from that? Why not be part of that? Come on. You will be welcomed here and we need you as much as you need us. There is a rhythm of Spirit and a Practice of Peace. ~See you Sunday