How do we create space for God in our lives? Reflections from Catholics exploring our relationship with God through prayer.
By Beth Doherty
‘My strength returns to me with my cup of coffee and the reading of the psalms’ wrote Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. These words were likely written between 1960 and 1975.
‘Let that presence (of God) settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love’, wrote Teresa of Avila, in the 1500s.
‘The Lord desires mercy, not sacrifice. And no matter what I do to check off a box and puff up my chest, what God desires is a chest beat in humility. What God desires is a chest filled by a heart of pure love, a chest assured by God’s constant presence throughout the day. So the next time we are tempted to make time with the Lord just another thing that stands between us and a “successful” day, let’s remember this truth’, wrote Olivia Wilde last week on Blessedisshe.net.
By Susannah Bishop
At different times in my life, I have sought love, compassion and mercy. I’ve had to surrender my ego, and accept failure or struggle. As a practising (though imperfect) Catholic Christian for most of my life, I have wrestled, questioned and grown in awareness of my own need to love and be loved by God. At no time have I seen God’s mercy speak louder than when my failures drag me to the confessional, seeking and begging forgiveness and life renewed.
By Peter Day
To some of us it’s a time to pause, to reflect, to stand in awe. But to the vast majority of us it’s the silly season: a time of over-eating, drinking, buying, selling, worrying, partying, beaching, and pressured family gatherings. And don’t the silly season preachers love it; out of hibernation they come to herald their version of the good news - news that is best delivered away from pulpits and outside of Sundays. And what a persuasive, well-packaged homily it is: a seductive narrative that draws so many in: ‘CHRISTMAS IS A TIME FOR GIVING.’