Today’s gospel reminded me of a previous visit to Taize which saw me read it aloud to a small group of us in silence for our morning prayer time. Come to me all you who are wearied….Yes, I needed to hear that this morning. The pace has been hectic but really I am just beginning to catch my breath and become excited for my European vacation which begins in about 10 days.
After an initial week of partying, I will head to France to begin a pilgrimage where I hope to find rest for my soul near still waters. I am grateful for this experience and know that it will be a blessing. I am collecting prayer requests from people who have asked me to remember them along the way. It is my pleasure to do this.
In Taize I will pray several times a day. I was moved the other day when I drove past a Muslim worker who was bowing down to kiss the ground as he said his prayers. This is really what I will be doing on my second leg of the journey. Kissing the ground and praying gratefully will be the theme–whether it is in a big city such as Paris in a cathedral or a quiet country church at Taize. I want to immerse myself in stillness and breathe deeply. I want to listen to the voice of the One who journeys with me. Be open, I tell myself, to all that shall unfold.
When was the last time you quieted yourself to hear the Stillness?