Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Saint John Nepomuk ChapelI was in church this morning putting away the Advent books and getting some other things ready for Christmas.  I thought what a privilege it is to be able to spend time alone in such a beautiful church.  But it’s not the beauty that’s overwhelming, it’s the presence of the Lord in this holy place.  I thought about the thousands of people who have worshipped there in the last 157 years.  You can almost feel their presence.

Hopefully, by now, you’ve gotten into the habit of spending a few minutes alone with the Lord each day.  In the midst of the chaos that’s going on in the world, we need peace and quiet more than ever.  Whether we’re praying our daily prayers, reading Sacred Scripture, or just sitting quietly listening for the Lord to speak to us, we must make some time for ourselves each day.

I believe that a lot of prescriptions for Valuim, Prozak, and other medications that people think they must have to get through the day could be done away with if everyone would just spend quiet time every day alone with God.

The good news is it’s not too late!  It’s never too late.  How about right now?  Walk away from your computer and find a quiet place.  If there’s a door, close it.  Sit in a comfy chair and close your eyes.  Then, just empty your mind of all the things that are bothering you.  Ask God to join you, then just relax.  Don’t try to force it.  Don’t start reciting a list of things that God should do for you.  Just listen…………………..

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