Macrina Wiederkehr’s wonderful new book, Abide: Keeping Vigil with the Word of God, as my guide.
I will not necessarily be sharing reflections of my time on a daily basis, as I do not want the activity of posting to become my focus. However, the times spent prayerful listening will undoubtedly spill over onto the blog. What I do want to be sure to share are some notes from the book’s introduction, to give you a taste of the meditations included therein.
Sister Macrina lays out the following path of lectio divina (sacred reading as prayer):
~ Wait in silence
~ Read contemplatively
~ Listen obediently
~ Pray as the Holy Spirit leads
Of this final step, we are told:
This is a beautiful moment spent in pure contemplative presence with the Beloved. This is love. “Remain in me, as I remain in you” (John 15:4). “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10, NRSV). Dwell. Remain in love. ABIDE.
We are invited to see this process as a pilgrimage of sorts, with each pause for reflection as a holy space.
Finally, we are invited to carry our vigil with us as we move about our day:
Be open to God’s Word blossoming everywhere. Walk with awareness through forests, parks, and gardens, along the seashore, or down a busy city street. The Word of God is near you. Climb a mountain and the Word will meet you. Move mindfully through your daily work tasks – the Word is at your fingertips. Celebrate the Eucharist with a community of struggling believers. You will be enfolded into God’s Creative Word.
I am looking forward to leaning into the 40 reflections and prayers in this little book as we move slowly, steadily from the solemnity of Ash Wednesday to the celebration of Easter.