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Prayer: A conversation with The Higher Other who lives within each of us. An invitation to vent, to re-think, to ask, and to rest.

Monday, February 27, 2023

Meditation Moment in Lent ~ Day 5, Give Up, Take On, Pray '23

              Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) was an extraordinary human being.  A Jesuit priest born in France and who later lived in New York, he also trained as a paleontologist and geologist and was involved with some spectacular discoveries. Yet, as with others who were ahead of their times, some of his writings were considered contrary to doctrinal teachings in the Catholic church and banned by the Vatican from publication in his lifetime. Today he is widely  praised, including by Catholic hierarchy.  Simply put, one of his beliefs ~ as with St. Paul ~ was that our everyday work in secular surroundings is every bit as important in our spiritual development as our religious activity when we offer that work to the service of God. And, furthermore, all that we do in everyday life is a necessary part of Creation. Are you ready to experience some spiritual growth in your everyday human life?

Creator God, I'm slowly recognizing that I am truly part of Your Holy Creation. I have had the thought that I had to give full days off to a soup kitchen, spend every possible moment in Church, and be hours on my knees in prayer and, partly, that only those who are ordained or living in monastic communities are truly doing Your work. Today, I will give up feeling spiritually inadequate and take on my everyday activities with a new spirit of dedication ~ each morning when I wake and breathe deeply, I will offer all that I do to Your service, even the most mundane task. I will pray for continuing confidence in my growing relationship with You, through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit as my Guides. I give thanks for this season of Lent, a purposeful time as a spiritual being to explore my human experience with and for You.  amen.

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