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'Silence and Solitude'

Sts. Simon and Jude

Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God.

- Luke 6:12

The activities of any given day can be enough to exhaust most people. It might even be said that activity can tend to be somewhat addictive: we need to fill our schedules with things to do and end our day with a feeling that we have accomplished something. Deprived of activity, some of us do not know what to do with ourselves. Our lives then may feel empty, as indeed they are when we withdraw from all that we use to fill them. It is instructive that Jesus withdrew from whatever absorbed him in his daylight hours and went into the night to experience the intimacy that is solitude with God. No one knows what the content of that communion was. The presence of God, if known and embraced, need not be known with a verbal dialogue. Yet it is a gift that can and does give wisdom to whatever words we may speak in the light of day.

- Fr. James Stephen Behrens, O.C.S.O.
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I must say, that in today's world, with its collective lack of authentic intimacy between people...and by that I mean the sharing of the inner-soul-type understanding...it is wonderful to find true "community", here. I am grateful for those who share their thoughts with us...and their love of God.

Had my print copy of LF, distributed to those who minister in our parish, arrived promptly, I would have missed the opportunity to witness such genuineness, here.

I actually have my copy now, but still drop by to be fed and nourished by, not only the writer/reflector of the day, but by all of you.

Thank you for your insights...and for the gift of you.

God bless you all.
Michele | Posted on: 2016-10-28 09:08:27
Amen. :)
freeter | Posted on: 2016-10-28 08:27:29
Thank you Thank you you Lord for this day snd for this Gospel today. Praise be to you Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Lord most of all for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Holy Father have mercy. Amen
A Sinner | Posted on: 2016-10-28 07:03:16
Amen. I seek this silence and solitude in
in Eucharistic Adoration and am blessed to have a church near with perpetual adoration. To sit in silence in front of our Lord gives me such peace and grace. Prayers for all the LF family.
EM | Posted on: 2016-10-28 06:21:20
I too love Eucharistic Adoration. I don't have a church near my home but I often go to - www.stmartinoftours.org - where they have Eucharistic Adoration 24 hours a day. Just look on the left for Church Web Cams and click on Adoration Chapel Camera. I think with God there is no distance. Then, I have Him right in my home in front of me. What Bliss!
Kathy | Posted on:: 2016-10-28 07:35:09
Salina, I enjoyed reading your comments on your daily walk with Jesus. I find myself conversing and thanking him in similar situations.
Kay | Posted on: 2016-10-28 06:17:34
Addictive is the communion with Jesus while I am doing things all day long :-)

Have you been making comments or throwing out requests while you are on your way to a medical test or doctor's appointment? Have you been grateful because you found something on sale at the end of the sale? I have!

I always have these little conversations with Jesus all day long thanking Him for a great parking spot or the beautiful leaves or the rain we need. I question Him all the times about this or that. I also complain to Him what is going on with my life and He always smiles and asks me Who is God in my life, Me of Him? LOL.....Jesus, of course!

When I get in an argument with Jesus, He says, "There are three of us here, Salina, and there is only one of you! Who do you think will win?"

If people can read my mind, they can see the dialog bubbles all over my head with Jesus as my constant companion in the cartoon :-) Kind of like Charlie Brown and Snoopy......except dog spells backwards!

Jesus showed me examples of praying in all circumstances and in all times of the day and night!

Paul told us the same thing too in Ephesians 6:18, "Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere."

James told us the power of prayers in James 5:13-14a, "Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you,"

Jesus told us how to prepare for prayers in Mark 11:24-25, "I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too." Because He said in Matthew 26:41, "Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!"

I find very interesting what Peter said about the husbands' prayers can be hindered in 1 Peter 3:7, "In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God's gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered."

Imagine a conversation between a husband and a wife and the wife says, "Treat me right and your prayers will be answered :-)

Lord Jesus, what a privilege and honor and humble to be in Your presence at all times and the ability to have Your ears to myself. Thankful that You already know my thoughts, my worries, mu concerns, my petitions and my quirks. Grateful for Your patience, Your faithfulness and Your unconditional love for me! Amen!
Salina | Posted on: 2016-10-28 05:49:48
Thanks again Salina...you always have much to share. Sure, it isn't fair that "God gangs up on us" like that :)...good thing he does!!!
Jack | Posted on:: 2016-10-28 08:18:52

Thank you for:

today's inspired readings and devotion;

the silence and solitude that we can find in the dawn and dusk on any given day;

the quiet that we can spend with you during the day;

knowing the content of our hearts and

our sincere desire to be energized by you and to please you.

J | Posted on: 2016-10-28 05:28:52
Excellent J! We can meet and hear God in so many places: In the morning calm; the nightly quietude; Eucharistic Adoration "EM" and "Kathy" talked about...Praise God--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!!!
Jack | Posted on:: 2016-10-28 08:17:16
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