Ave Maria! I realize most of my posts are very factual, and I haven’t shared much reflection lately on this whole adventure! Mea culpa!
I know I’ve said it many times, but what I’ve learned most during these past few months is that God is truly not outdone in generosity, and when you say yes to His invitation, truly phenomenal things happen.
A month ago this coming Monday, I moved to the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, where I live in a discernment community. This is the first step toward becoming a religious community in the Catholic Church.
As you know from reading the page about the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, we live in a neighborhood that needs a lot of care, love and prayers! It has been a privilege for me to live there thus far. Although I still work full time (and now that I live at the Mission, I’m able to contribute almost my entire salary to paying of my student loans), we’ve been able to have a very intentional life of prayer. Every morning we gather in the Chapel for Morning Prayer, from the Liturgy of the Hours–a beautiful way of praying the Psalms and other texts from the Bible over a four week cycle. Following Morning Prayer, we have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. To begin every day this way really puts life in perspective, and it challenges me to be joyful at every moment–what have I to complain about when daily I have the honor of so intimately communing with God?
Every evening, we have a Holy Hour. We begin Holy Hour with Evening Prayer, and close it with Night Prayer–also from the Liturgy of the Hours. In between, we sit and pray in Silence with the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the Monstrance. Sometimes it is hard to sit in silence, but the more I do, the more natural it becomes. To sit there with Our Lord and bring him not only my intentions, but your intentions and those of the whole world, is such a grace! To offer praise and thanksgiving for His many gifts brings joy to my heart. Ultimately, spending time in silent prayer alters the way I see the world, just as the Holy Mass does, it truly puts life in perspective.
Things have not become slower since I’ve moved to the Mission, but life, I think, has become holier. Learning to balance prayer, work and rest has been a challenge, but it is a beautiful lesson to learn…
Know that every day I pray for you and am so grateful for your prayers and support! I contiue to train–particularly for the 15K on November 1st–and offer my runs for many different intentions, including yours. May you know joy today and every day!