Seasonal Reflection: Summer, 2016
For a few weeks now I’ve been grasping for an idea for this seasonal reflection, and I’ve come up blank. Finally, I decided to embrace the blankness. Maybe that’s exactly the idea I’m supposed to be reflecting on. It may not be the same, but it seems there’s a similarity between this blankness I’m experiencing and the idea of clearing one’s mind to let God in, to listen prayerfully rather than to talk incessantly. I know I’m terrible at that, but here it is: blankness, emptiness, openness. And what better time to feel this way than the liturgical season of Ordinary Time when there are no major holy days on the calendar, no hectic Advent, Christmas, Lenten, or Easter feasts to prepare and celebrate! Also it’s summer-time, when many (most?) people slow down, take time off, and try to refresh and restore themselves. Seems quite compatible with blankness to me. Oh, we know things don’t completely stop during this season, but it does offer spaces to relax and catch our breath. Join me in welcoming this blankness like an empty canvas filled with nothing but endless possibilities, but no demands.
I have come to an end
from Being Quiet as Prayer by Juanita Ryan, May 6, 2013, http://www.nacr.org/wordpress/4503/being-quiet-as-prayer
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