Advent on this mountain of prayer

    I hope all of you have had a blessed Gaudete Sunday!  The Liturgy was so full of joy and the Holy Spirit and of course, it always lifts our souls to have pink in the sanctuary! It is truly a joyful color.

    After starting this blog last May we were inundated with blog spam – I am sure you are familiar with this nuisance. In November I was so bombarded with it and was just hitting the delete button as quick as I could that I accidentally deleted some “real” comments from you our friends! I am sorry that that happened. But that won’t be happening any longer thanks to a plug-in called WP-SpamFreewhich we activated a week ago.  God bless the designers of this great anti-spam plugin! I don’t know what to do with all the time I have on my hands now that I am not sifting through spam. (Not really, but you know what I mean.) In one week it has blocked 699 spam comments!

    I thought you would appreciate the following meditation on Advent which Msgr. Powers gave to us for a homily during the first week of Advent. May it aid you in finding your “mountain” – your time and place to prepare with ever greater intensity for the coming of “Love-Divine”  And may God reward you Msgr.!  We deeply appreciate your spirituality and your fatherly friendship!

J.M.J.
On this mountain:

In this monastery God will provide…

Your presence here is the call of vocation,
a call from the Heavenly Father through the
Holy Spirit to follow Jesus

A call into the mystery of the Crucified Christ…

A call to holiness…. to live for God alone

On this mountain… in this monastery

Away from the world…

In enclosure…. in solitude…. in silence… in recollection
you can be for God alone…

On this mountain… in this monastery

You will have God’s will in your Rule
where there is obedience in the total gift of the will

There is the opportunity to completely empty yourself
in imitation of Jesus in radical poverty…

Where the goal is absolute love of God
in total gift and total surrender in the vow of Chastity…

On this mountain … in this monastery
you are given the opportunity
and the grace and the environment
to live for God alone…

It will be the mountain of Calvary,
the living of the Paschal mystery…
seeking Christ in his suffering…
knowing union with Christ in the Cross…

At the foot of the Cross with the Sorrowful Virgin Mother…
Loving the Suffering Christ
to the depth of an espousal love…
to be the spouse of Jesus the Crucified…

On this mountain
your prayer will be continual

The prayer of the Eucharist…
The prayer of the Church…
The prayer of the Crucified Christ…

Your prayer will be personal…
Attentive to the Spirit…adoring God in your heart

Your prayer will be Eucharistic…
Before the Blessed Sacrament in worship…in adoration…in praise…
in petition for the church…in atonement for sins

Your prayer will be that of the Spirit:
vocal or deeply silent…
words…or total silence…
peaceful or in conflict…
contemplative…or even infused…

On this mountain
in this monastery…
God will provide…

the way to sainthood in your devotion to the Passion…
the way of holiness in your vocation…
the way of love in service to one another in community…
the way of self fulfillment in total giving
the way of the Spirit in the Charism of Paul of the Cross.

In this monastery God will provide
rich food in the gift of his Divine Will…

On this mountain … in this monastery
it is said to You:
Behold our God….to whom you looked to save us.
Here is the Lord for whom you look…
The hand of the Lord rests on this mountain.

Amen

Msgr. Bernard Powers

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2 thoughts on “Advent on this mountain of prayer

  1. What a beautiful meditation ! It resonates with me even though I don’t live in a monastery. I do live in the lovely Sierra Foothills and find moments to commune with God in the beauty of the canyon views that give silent testimony to God’s creation. There is a hill where I stop sometimes to watch the sunrise on my way to work and gazing at the night sky filled with stars always turn my thoughts to prayer.

    Hi Jennie, sounds like you have found your “cloisteredheart”!

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