BY SR. M. ROSE SCANLAN, CCVI
How do we remain (abide) in God’s Word? Desire it with all our being, knowing that God has already embedded the Word within us; continuously discover it by making room in our hearts to savor it as we go about our day. Doing this means a commitment to conscious daily practices.
These can vary and may include: beginning the day with a blessing and reading reflectively a short section of the Word of God in Sacred Scripture, or in the evening before going to bed, contemplating God’s Word and by taking time to really listen to the words of others, receiving their feedback with openness, expressing gratitude:
Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.” – Rumi
Participate in the sacraments; develop a reflective attitude through spiritual reading and personal prayer. “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.” John 6: 57
Other practices may be: reflecting on nature – walking in the woods, the forests, by the rivers, at the foot of the mountain tops, by the ocean shores, around our backyards, listening to the birds and the animals, admiring the flowers, looking up at the skies to admire the clouds, the raindrops, the snowflakes, the different shades of blue; count the stars if you can.
A wisdom still abides in the natural rhythms of the earth, if we are still and open ourselves to it.” – Kimberly Green Angle
Give alms quietly with our whole hearts with “no strings attached” is another commendable way to remain open to God’s Word.
There are many kinds of alms; the giving of which helps us to obtain pardon for our sins; but none is greater than that by which we forgive from our heart a sin that someone has committed against us.” St. Augustine of Hippo.
God’s Word is everywhere and in everyone. Listen attentively to God’s whispers during the day; at the end of day lovingly converse with God about how the day went, and ask yourself did I remain in God’s Word today? Did I try to walk in the footsteps of the Lord? Was I conscious of God’s Word living in me? In this way, you will grow in awareness of doing so and over time find peace even in the midst of the day’s events however challenging they may be.
The patient and humble endurance of the cross, whatever nature it may be, is the highest work we have to do.” – St. Katharine Drexel.
Mary, our Mother, remained in God’s Word even when not understanding God’s designs for her. St. Luke tells us that: “Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19.
Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19.
Even when we don’t understand, are confused, can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, or are troubled in any way, reach out to Mary and she will guide you and intercede on your behalf before God. Know that above all, you are dearly loved by God. Abiding in God’s Word will bring you comfort and joy.
This is the way we may know that we are in union with [Christ]: whoever claims to abide in Him ought to live [just] as He lived” – 1 John 2:5-6.
Incarnate Word, we ask for the grace to live as You lived – in contemplation, generously, selflessly, with gratitude, compassion and love. Let us end this short reflection with the words of Pope Francis:
Agape, the love of each one of us for the other, from the closest to the furthest, is in fact the only way that Jesus has given us to find the way of salvation and of the Beatitudes. ” – Pope Francis