Chapter 4 – Prayer -
Ora et Labora Monastery of the Heart Monastery
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Chapter 4 – Prayer -
Dear Joanna, Anne, mcgold100, Ron, teallfleming, Sheila, MBAVEC , Sr.Catherine,
Linda, Phil, Betty, Peace Lady, Edith and Mary Jo
A Seeker's Path
Ring a small bell or chime.
Recite or chant together:
Happy are those who seek God with their whole heart. (Ps. 119)
(Repeat 5 Times)
Read “Chapter Two: A Seeker’s Path” aloud.
• What is your first reaction to this chapter? What words, images, and ideas were meaningful to you? Did it raise any questions? Did anything surprise you? Excite you? Concern you? Explain.
If I am being commanded to "Listen", I want that dog's ears :) (in the picture). Maybe something will get through.
Sr. Joan welcomes each of us - "When you join a Monastery of the Heart, when you create your own group, when you commit yourself to helping others find their way to God along this Benedictine path, you will escape the captivity of the self. You will certainly strengthen your own resolve, broaden your own perspective, and find strength from those around you. You will meet others online when you feel least like doing it and discover that if you had not been there you could not possibly have grown in spirit that day.
Welcome! I thought it would be good for us to write a little about ourselves so members of the group can get to know each other. When you reply to this post, tell us a little about yourself, why you're interested in MOH and this group in particular. Nothing deeply personal, just a little "get to know you" conversation.I'll start: I'm Eileen Burns (Irish). I live in Detroit, MI and have been acquainted with the Erie Benedictines for about 7 years now. My first contact was a Holy Week Retreat at their monastery and I was hooked.
Taken from "An Altar in the World" by Barbara Brown Taylor - "Fortunately, the Bible I set out to learn and love rewarded me with another way of approaching God, a way that trusts the union of spirit and flesh as much as it trusts the world to be a place of encounter with God. Like anyone else, I do some picking and choosing when I go to my holy book for proof that the world is holy, too, but the evidence is there. People encounter God under shady oak trees, on riverbanks, at the tops of mountains, and in long stretches of barren wilderness.
As we begin our spiritual journey with our wonderful Ora et Labora MOH companions, I offer the following for reflection and comment. It is taken from "After the Ecstasy, the Laundry," by Jack Kornfield. How did your spiritual journey begin? How do you try to live consciously during the day? What keeps you moving on the path? Some food for thought here.
Mary Lou, I can so relate to the questions you ask, particularly - "Is my unconditional love helping or harming"? Does unconditional love rule out "tough love"? When does one have to be practical? I live in Detroit's inner city near a soup kitchen, a shelter for men and other social agencies. Clients and guests walk through my neighborhood to pass the time of day. I've hired a few to help with yard work, etc - one a former student.
I just returned from a Spirited Mary Magdalene celebration and thought I would share the readings. The idea was that Mary Magdalene was a woman of passion who was totally given to Jesus. We have to find our passion, name our passion and recommit to that passion. Sometimes we lose our passion, but we can rekindle it. In the ceremony we were asked to name our passion and we then were given a rock to remind us that living out our passion (for justice or prison rights, or church reform, or education, etc.) takes concrete, real work.