Throughout this week, these three words (Solitude, Silence, and Prayer) were kept coming to mind as I was reading through The Master Key, Part Seventeen. For last two years I have been going away one night a month to The Cedars Guest House in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. This house is called, “Cedars, an oasis of silence and prayer at L’Arche Daybreak” and was founded by Henri Nouwen and Sue Mosteller, CSJ in 1986.
Henri was a catholic priest and professor but left his academic institution and went to L’Arche Daybreak community to be a pastor to people who are mentally and physically handicapped. In many of his books, he described how his life was transformed at the L’Arche living with these precious people who really opened his heart. He communicated very strongly the importance of “Solitude, Silence and Prayer” as process of transformation.
I have been very blessed every time I go away to Cedars to spend my “ALONE time” to reflect and meditate. Especially when I was struggling deeply with some emotional baggage that I have stuffed for so many years, I really had to get away from everything and be “ALONE” to work through. Every time I step into this house, there is something in that place calms my heart and gives me a peace. As I spend ALONE time in that place, I am able to gather my thoughts and get my mind focused and come away with peace and assurance in my heart.
Hanaal 17:24, it stated “Intuition usually comes in the Silence, great mind seek solitude frequently, it is here that all the larger problems of life are worked out.”
I receive daily meditation from Henri Nouwen Society and this Tuesday’ devotion was titled ” Building Inner Bridges“.
Henri shared in this mediation
“Prayer is the bridge between our conscious and unconscious lives. Often there is a large abyss between our thoughts, words, and actions, and the many images that emerge in our daydreams and night dreams. To pray is to connect these two sides of our lives by going to the place where God dwells. Prayer is “soul work” because our souls are those sacred centers where all is one and where God is with us in the most intimate way.
Thus, we must pray without ceasing so that we can become truly whole and holy.”
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
This was my mom’s one of the favorite passage in the Bible and it is also written on the headstone of her grave. My mom was a women of prayer and women of very few words. She was very strong but also very gentle and humble. Anyone who met my mom would say that they were so comfortable around. There was this inner strength and poise she had. I know without any doubt that it was from her ALONE time with God. I still remember seeing mom in the basement reading Bible and praying every day early in the morning.
I thank God for my mom’s legacy that taught me who God is and what is faith not by words but by her life and actions. I miss her so much! As I was meditating on this importance of “Solitude, Silence and Prayer”, there was this surge of strong feeling in my heart how much I miss her. It brought tears in my eyes and I was reflecting back and thanking God for her life and her legacy.
I will continue on this journey to become a proud daughter of my mom and I also aim to be as calm, gentle, humble and strong as my mom!
THANK YOU, MOM! LOVE YOU, MOM! MISS YOU SO MUCH!