Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Remember

Tonight, at the end of our rehearsal, our choir director shared with something his mother told him. She told him she was afraid that we don't pray often enough for the dead. That we too easily forget to remember those that have gone before us.

And I realized it's true. Often it takes conscious effort to include them in prayer. But the truth is, they're still with us. They're still a part of the church, and they're still very much alive-just not in the way we are.

We get so caught up in the day-to-day concerns of our lives that we often forget our brothers and sisters. Today I had some free time. I popped into the basilica, and sat down on the floor of the Lady chapel. And even though my body stopped moving, my mind kept madly racing ahead like a rabid bunny. And I thought: "Whoa, there! Ease up a bit." So I stopped. And breathed. And found this St. Francis DeSales quote: "If, during prayer, you do nothing but bring your heart from distraction again and again into God's presence, though it went away every time you brought it back, your time would be very well spent."
And then I reminded myself to slow down. To stop. Not think. Just be. Just be there in the presence of God. And remember. Remember Him. Remember all those souls that are with Him. Remember to just "Be still and know that I am God."

I love being busy. I love running around from one thing to t'other, seeing people, doing all the exciting things there are to DO in life. I have to remind myself to stop and have some quiet, alone, chill time with God. The point of the hustle and bustle of life is to bring God with you in everything that you do. But sometimes God needs you all to Himself for an hour or so. Heck, I need God all to myself for a moment or two. C.S. Lewis says that our world is starved for a want of solitude, quiet, and therefore starved for mediation and true friendship. Ugh. I s'pose that means I should get off the computer now...

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