The Anawim Community


From the Desk of Sr. Ruth Ann

September, 2014



Sr. Ruth Ann

"To You, O Love, I lift up my soul."

"To You, O Love, I lift up my soul;
O Heart within my heart, in You I place my trust,
Let me not feel unworthy: let not fear rule over me.
Yes! let all who open their hearts savor You and bless the earth!

Compel me to know your ways, O Love; instruct me upon your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for through You will I know wholeness;
I shall reflect your light both day and night."
Psalms for Praying by Nan C. Merrill Psalm 25

These are just the opening few lines of Psalm 25 in Nan C. Merrill's book Psalms For Praying; and for me they draw me into a desire to deepen my relationship, my intimacy with God. We are so blessed to have so many opportunities to grow in our prayer life! We each have our own unique relationship with God and in order for it to grow we are called to spend time with our beloved.

We need to nourish our prayer life by praying with scripture, (Lectio Divina), other spiritual reading, taking a walk in nature and appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Being open to other forms of prayer besides the ones we grew up with will enlighten our lives and our spirits. There is no end to growing in our relationship with God. God's invitation is before us every day to come to know Him and ourselves better.

Just last week I had the privilege of being at Bethany Retreat Center for a weekend retreat with William Meninger, a Trappist Monk. He shared with us about Models of Contemplation and especially about some of the Saints like John of the Cross and Theresa of Avila who practiced prayer of contemplation. Fr. Meninger told us of his own story of coming to understand and teach contemplative prayer from the book, The Cloud of Unknowing, written by an unknown mystic author from the fourteenth century.

On Sunday, September 28th. from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm there will be an Introduction to Contemplative Prayer at Bethany Retreat Center. Retreatants will learn a method which prepares them to receive the gift of contemplative prayer. It consists of responding to the spirit of Christ by consenting to God's presence and action within. Here is another opportunity to learn about this form of prayer. It is not to take the place of other prayers or exclude them; it is another way to pray to deepen our personal relationship with God.

May we be open and attentive to whatever ways God is calling us to Himself.





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