Saturday, March 15, 2014

Prayer life in the Transfiguration


I picked up the scripture reading for this Sunday the night before Mass.  It is one I have heard and read hundreds of times before.  It is the beautiful story of the Transfiguration of Christ.

I realized it is also the journey of prayer.

Jesus took Peter, John, and James 
and went up the mountain to pray.

And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, 
who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus 
that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.


We are called, too, to go *up the mountain*.  To seek solitude and silence away from the busy distractions of daily life.  St. John of the Cross invites us to ascend Mt. Carmel.  Moses went up the mountain to receive God's law. Elijah climbed the mountain to hear the still small voice of God.  Jesus climbed the mountain of Calvary to fulfill the law. It is by ascending above earthly things that we can then prepare ourselves to receive the Word.

Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, 
but becoming fully awake, 
they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.

Sometimes we are overcome by sleep during prayer...overcome by depression, weariness, dryness.  But we are called to remain vigilant...the Bride awaiting the visit from the Bridegroom.  St. Teresa of Avila reminds of the need for determined determination.  We need to be fully awake, aware of His Presence, to be able to welcome Him and to behold Him in contemplation, if He so chooses to grant this grace to us.  By remaining *awake*, we will be rewarded.

As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, 
“Master, it is good that we are here;
let us make three tents,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
But he did not know what he was saying.

And we should proclaim the same, "Lord it is so good to be here in Your presence, to talk with you and to listen!"  We may receive many consolations in the beginning of our prayer journey and there may be the desire to remain in those consolations, never to return to the daily...the ordinary...the mundane...the dry. We may even become attached to these feelings and concepts of God that we are receiving.

While he was still speaking, 
a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, 
and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.

There will come a point in the spiritual journey, if we have been determined, vigilant, and faithful, that we will enter a period of darkness...the *Dark Night* referred to by the Mystical Doctor of Carmel, St. John of the Cross. First our sense will be purified, then the spirit.  It will seem as if we have a dark cloud hanging over us. It will be obscure, foggy, frightening, lonely.  We have to cling to our faith and know that God is there in the dark cloud, speaking to us subtly, calling us to Him.

Then from the cloud came a voice that said, 
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.
They fell silent and did not at that time 
tell anyone what they had seen.

No matter where we are on our spiritual journey, we must always keep the humanity of Jesus Christ before us...to meditate on...to imitate.  We are called, most importantly, to listen to Him.  But unless we fall silent, we will not hear his voice.  It is in hiddeness that He speaks, in the depths of our soul and we, experiencing this contemplation, will not find the words to express what takes place in our soul.  In emptiness and darkness, we receive the Indwelling Trinity...we are filled with light.

{post from the archives that I love to share every year}


6 comments:

  1. Your silence is bearing much fruit. You have done well in breaking down this wonderful mystery and helping to apply it to ordinary life. Thank you for that.

    People need to hear what the journey might look and feel like lest they give up when the consolation leaves them.

    Humility. God grant me more. (cringing)
    The most powerful weapon to conquer the Devil is humility. For as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.

    -- St Vincent de Paul

    Have a good week Theresa. :)

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    1. Oops, just noticed this was an archived post. Well, I am sure your silence is bearing fruit anyway.

      Yesterday, when I took an unfamiliar road, I happened upon The Cistercian Monestary. I spun the van around, drove through the amazing grounds and drank in the peace and silence. So needed.

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    2. HI Michelle...

      Archived just means a I pulled an older one out to share presently since it was appropriate for this past Sunday.

      Ohhh...I would of loved to join you. You have a monastery near you?

      Much love...

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    3. It really was beautiful. It's The St. John Neumann Catholic Church and also Our Lady of Fatima.

      Anyway, we also live near The Monastery of St. Claire. I have been meaning to call them to see if they receive visitors.

      Very blessed.

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  2. Love this blog...found you on Pinterest..I admire yoyr inspiring insights .After reading your beautiful reflection I just wanted to share something from my newest favorite book "Christ, the Life of the Soul, written by Abbot Marmion O.S.B. pg.19: "We must all be partakers of the holiness of Jesus. Christ excludes no one from the life He has brought, and by it, He renders us children of God. Christ has re-opened the gates of eternal life to all humanity. As St. Paul says: He is the first - born, but of a multitude of brethren. The Eternal Father wishes to constitute Christ His Son, Head of a Kingdom, the Kingdom of His children. The Divine Plan would not be complete if Christ was isolated. It is His glory, as it is the glory of The Father, to be at the head of an innumerable company, which is His complement, and without which, so to say, He would not be complete".

    AMEN AND THANKS BE TO GOD!!!! (Cynthia)

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    1. Cynthia...
      Welcome! What a wonderful, inspiring comment left. Thank you for such kind words and for taking the time to write them.
      Blessings ~

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Always blessed by your kind words...

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