Sixth Week of Lent ~ Palm Sunday

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March 26, 2021

The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face. The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul, but also to discover God in all things. Saint Bonaventure teaches us that “contemplation deepens the more we feel the working of God’s grace within our hearts, and the better we learn to encounter God in creatures outside ourselves”. (Laudito Si, p. 223)

“We need a healthy capacity for silent reflection, places of refuge from the tyranny of the urgent. Most of all, we need prayer, to hear the prompts of the Spirit and cultivate dialogue in a community that can hold us and allow to dream. Thus armed, we can read right the signs of the times and opt for a way that does us all good.” (Dare to Dream, p. 51)

Questions for Reflection, Journaling and Sharing

  • How do I experience God’s presence in our species? In other aspects of creation?
  • Where and when do I find silent refuge from “the tyranny of the urgent”?

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Sexta Semana de Cuaresma ~ Domingo de Ramos

26 de marzo de 2021

El universo se despliega en Dios, quien lo llena por completo. Por lo tanto, hay un significado místico que se encuentra en una hoja, en un sendero hacia montaña, en una gota del rocío, en el rostro de un pobre. El ideal no es solo pasar del exterior al interior para descubrir la acción de Dios en el alma, sino también descubrir a Dios en todas las cosas. San Buenaventura nos enseña que “la contemplación se profundiza cuanto más sentimos la obra de la gracia de Dios dentro de nuestro corazones y mejor aprendemos a encontrarnos con Dios en las criaturas fuera de nosotros”.  (Laudato Si, p.223)

“Necesitamos una sana capacidad para la reflexión silenciosa, lugares de refugio de la tiranía de lo urgente. Sobre todo, necesitamos la oración, para escuchar las indicaciones del Espíritu y el cultivar el diálogo en una comunidad que pueda sostenernos y nos  permita soñar. Así armados, podemos leer bien los signos de los tiempos y optar por un camino que nos haga bien a todos ”.  (Soñemos juntos, pág.51)

Preguntas para reflexión, llevar un diario y compartir

  • ¿Cómo experimento la presencia de Dios en nuestra humanidad? ¿En otros aspectos de la creación?
  •  ¿Dónde y cuándo puedo encontrar refugio silencioso de “la tiranía de lo urgente”?

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Illustrations:

  • File Number: D2fVSEMF. Milkweed and Butterfly, Chris Tomlin, ©2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.
  • File Number: J3hRBAct11F. Sulphur Family Butterfly, Chris Tomlin, ©2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.
  • File Name: L&R_E2hR-Crop. Common Blue Butterfly (Polyommatus Icarus) on Buddleia Flowers, Chris Tomlin, ©2011, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN USA.  Used with permission.  All rights reserved.

3 Comments

  1. I am appreciative of the Taize music that was shared in the first comment.
    “Stay and keep watch with me”.
    This melody and phrase stayed with me as I walked our neighborhood, noticing the bare branches on the trees that soon will have buds-signs of new life! Nature reminds me of the hope of Resurrection and the chirping birds are signs of hope!
    I am keeping watch!

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  2. Years ago I read Hildegard of Bingen’s quote: Every creature is full of God. When I go for a walk,I consciously carry that reminder with me as I look at everything along the way. When I hear a bird’s song, I stop to listen. As I see our first Spring flowers, I thank them for being the first to venture out after winter and affirm their courage. These walks help me with the tyranny of the urgent and lead me to a place of nurturance and connectedness with all that is.

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