Sister Macrina Wiederkehr ON PRAYER

[This is the thirteenth of a series of posts featuring a saint, mystic, or writer to include some of their thoughts on prayer as well as a prayer written by or ascribed to him or her. Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B., is a popular retreat guide and author and makes her home with the monastic community of St. Scholastica in Fort Smith, Arkansas.]

Silence is like a river of grace
inviting us to leap unafraid into its beckoning depths.
It is dark and mysterious in the waters of grace.
Yet in the silent darkness we are given new eyes.
In the heart of the divine we can see more clearly who we are.
We are renewed and cleansed in this river of silence.
There are those among you who fear the Great Silence.
It is a foreign land to you.
Sometimes it is good to leap into the unknown. Practice leaping.
(Seven Sacred Pauses)

I strain toward God; God strains toward me. I ache for God; God aches for me. Prayer is mutual yearning, mutual straining, mutual aching.
(A Tree Full of Angels)

Giving yourself up to love is melting into God.
It is falling into the hands of the living God with complete abandon.
This is the deep, interior prayer for which we have been striving.
Here we must let go of our dependency on thoughts, words, and images.
We go into the beautiful darkness. We stop struggling.
We let the angels carry us. Surrender is the only word we know.
(A Tree Full of Angels)

Silence sounds
like the space between night and day,
the glance of love that needs no words,
the full moon rising over the lake,
the morning dew on the quiet grass,
the first rays of the new day’s sunlight,
a mystery too deep for words.

A Prayer by Macrina Wiederkehr
O Morning Song of Love,
O you in whom we live and move, and have our being!
We have been asleep too long.
Heal the unseeing part of our lives.
Lead us to our awakening places.
Awaken us to the new light.
Open the doors of our hearts
the windows of our souls,
the walls of our minds.
Awaken us to hope.
Awaken us to joy.
Awaken us to love.
Awaken us to new insights.
Make our hearts ready to receive
the brightness of your presence.
To you we give praise.
(Seven Sacred Pauses)

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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One Response to Sister Macrina Wiederkehr ON PRAYER

  1. Denise says:

    Simply beautiful.

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