Lenten Snow Days

Lenten Snow Days

February 24, 2015

Have you ever noticed how quiet it gets while it’s snowing? It’s like the blanket of snow dampens the noise of the world around us. You may be asking: “Well and good Father James, but what has any of that to do with a blog on a church website?” Ah, welcome to my mind and the different way it operates. You see I look at myself as lost and alone in a big old noisy world. I see myself as a member of an ever shrinking population of believers.

Meanwhile, the population of folks looking for spiritual answers is continually growing. Many people today don’t develop a spiritual life because their lives are too noisy. Our longing for the spiritual and searching for God is part of who we are.

Yet, religious practice is dying for most of us. We’re losing touch with God. But that’s only because we’ve lost touch with ourselves, with our own hearts, and with our longing for a love, peace, joy, and glory that are greater than this world.

But when we make time for silence, and for quiet prayer, reflection, and fasting, we begin to recognize what mankind has known throughout history: that we are looking for “something more.” – Something greater than us, and something greater than the world.

Our own hearts’ longings are drowned out by the “noise” of a culture inundated with passing news, social networking, and countless to do’s.

We lose touch with our longing for deeper things by filling our lives with lesser things.

Take some time for silence. Carve out a single day this week where you “unplug” from your devices, turn off the TV, make the kids turn in their phones, and create some time for silence.

God wants us to know that an authentic spiritual life isn’t just about going through the motions. It starts with creating an interior space where we can meet Him in the “chapel” of our heart. Buck Dharma tells us that: “Something beyond is reaching out to you” God is speaking His truth in a still quiet voice. Are you listening?

Father James