WK 16B (2018)

The rhythm of the Christian life is a continuous going into the presence of God from the presence of people and coming out into the presence of people from the presence of God. There are two dangers: the danger from too constant activity or too much withdrawal. Recently, I did a retreat at St. Meinrad ArchAbbey, a Benedictine community. St. Benedict teaches us that our lives need a balanced rhythm. There must be adequate time for work, recreation, and prayer. Living faithful to the mission of Jesus requires us to have a balance in our lives between contemplation and action. When can we be alone with Jesus? Where is our “lonely” place? I would suggest it is before the tabernacle where every need and longing is satisfied in the Eucharist, in the Good Shepherd, the Caring Shepherd, in Christ Jesus Himself.

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