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A Prayer of two words

          

   The Resurrection meeting of Mary Magdalene and Jesus suggests a way of prayer.

“Mary stood at the tomb, outside, crying.  As she wept, she bent down into the tomb, and she saw two angels in white, sitting one at the head and the other at the feet where the body of Jesus had lain.  And they said to her, “Women why are you crying?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord and I do not know where they have laid him.” Saying this she turned and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus.  Jesus said to her, “ Women, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?”

“She, thinking that he was the gardener, said to him.” “”Sir, if you have removed him, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”
John 20:11-16


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T his early morning meeting does suggest a way of prayer.

Thinking him to be the gardener Mary asks “Sir,  if you have removed him, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus says: “Mary.”
Immediately, Mary recognizes him and says: “Rabbouni.”
All the love that is in Jesus heart for Mary and in Mary’s heart for Jesus is expressed in two words. Other words are unnecessary. “Mary” “Rabbouni”.
A way of prayer.
Gently, murmur the name “Jesus.” Let it fall gently in your heart. Repeat it after a space of time. No hurry. Again, let it gently resound within you.
Now say the name “Jesus” again. This time do not repeat it but after a space of time say your own name, Anne/Peter.
Continue this gentle rhythm. “Jesus” pause “Anne
It is a way of entering into presence.
It also suggests a way to prayer for others.  Replace your own name with that of someone for whom you wish to pray.
It becomes a prayer for peace when the rhythm is “Jesus” “Peace.”
It becomes a prayer of praise when you substitute a word of praise.
The key is the quiet unhurried rhythm.
The rhythm of time and word creates calm.
Jesus present to you – you present to him.
The name of “Jesus” may be replaced with that of “Father,” “Spirit,” “Mary” or one of the saints.

Simon Roche, OP

“We need no wings to go in search of him
but have only to find a place where we can
be alone.  And look upon him present within us” Teresa of Avila

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Annes Dream
I had a dream – a beautiful dream. I was in a cedar wood house, it was round with no corners and when I left the house I carried the aroma of cedar wood with me, but the further I went form the house, the fainter the aroma of the cedar wood.  It was as though I had to return to the house to replenish the smell of the cedar wood.
One day many weeks later I had this word from the Lord: “You are loved at the center of your own house.”


Letter
As to that matter of becoming distracted during the recitation of the Divine Office, it may perhaps be very worng of me, but I am inclined to ascribe it to weakness of the head.  You may take it as such, for the Lord well knows that, when we recite the Office? We want to do it well.  Only today I confessed this fault to Master fray Domingo, and he told me to take no notice of it.  I make the same request of you, for I think the complaint incurable.
Teresa of Avila

The Boy
With my heart’s eye
I see a lad
lonely on a hillside.
Learning
That he is not alone

Like a leaping flame
The lesson
Burns through generations
To lap my life
Patrick I thank you.
Josephine O’Connell


 

 

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