Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Stop. Think.

Couple of posts at Ebomania and Recovering Dissident Catholic (Post - How Do You Pray? - Oct 27) focus on preparing for Mass.

I reckon it's part of a wider problem that few of us now take the time to Stop. Think. Before doing anything. Before a meeting. Before a class. Before answering a question. I'm really bad at this.

Everyone in today's world seems to be so busy, though interestingly Abbott Christopher Jamieson in his book Finding Sanctuary advises he tends to start retreats by inviting retreatants to ask themselves why they have allowed themselves to get so busy...

I remember embedding the clip of 'As One Who has Slept' and thinking as I watched it for the first time 'When is it going to start?' There is an 18 second pause where nothing happens and a similar time at the end where a view of the roof of Hagia Sophia is displayed. These times of silence are not a mistake.

It also reminds me of when I was meeting a Jesuit priest in Dublin for some spiritual direction. I went in to our second meeting and started to launch into what I wanted to say. He stopped me quite curtly and said "First we must stop and pray so we can hear what God wants to say to us and we can say what we need to him".

1 comment:

Mac McLernon said...

It's one of the reasons I find wearing a mantilla in church so helpful... I have to stop in the church porch and put it on... which means I have time to reflect about what I'm about to do...