Do we give enough attention to the silence…the silence that hovers around our hearts…the silence that goes deep, deeper than words…the silence that is the silence of God? Silence speaks,
does it not? The silence of God is the Word of God.
Today’s first reading at Mass is from the first book of Kings and it is one that I love. Elijah is at Horeb, the mountain of God. He is in a cave, a shelter…then, the Lord God tells him to
go and “stand on the mountain of the Lord for the Lord will be
two disciples: vulnerable like us, doubting like us, falling off the path like us…and still living their discipleship to the end. What do they have to say to us, we followers of the
gospel? Jesus was at the center of their lives…they finally got it but they each had their own journey, which
‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith in me, also. I go to prepare a place for you…for where I am you will be also…and you know the way’. Thomas
then expresses what I think we would ask if we were in his shoes: ‘we don’t know where you are going, how can we know the way’? Jesus answers ‘I am the way, the truth and the lif
The Ignatian Center of Santa Clara University, as part of the mission of the Jesuit Higher Education, sponsors Immersion experiences for students to places with special needs. Santa
Clara's website explains the purpose of Immersions:
“These mutually enriching programs provide students with the opportunity to experience different cultures and diverse socioeconomic environments and to witness firsthand the challenges
faced by marginalized communities.”
Usually places such as the inner
St. Benedict in his words about Lent invites the monastic to do something ‘extra’ during Lent, something that we offer God of our own free will and something that is offered in ‘the joy of the
Holy Spirit’. And whatever ‘extra’ we offer is to help our hearts open up a bit more, that is, open up to grace, to the gift of God’s life that God holds out to each one of us daily.
It is striking that the first reading of the Ash Wednesday liturgy, begins with the voice of the prophet Joel proclai