Invite Him In
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength,” Isaiah 30:15
Throughout the school year at the Well, we have been discussing different vocations. I couldn’t help but reflect on my own discernment and what I have learned. During the process of discerning my vocation, I have had the wonderful opportunity to see what life is like as a Sister. I stayed with he Sisters of Life in New York for two weeks and I learned so much about how they live, who they are, and why they are so joyful.
The Sisters of Life start their day at 6:30am in the chapel with morning prayers, eucharistic adoration, and the celebration of the mass. Breakfast is eaten in silence and mid morning prayers are said shortly after. Then, chores are done in silence until lunch. During lunch, recreation time, and other activities, silence was broken. Afternoon prayers are said and dinner is eaten in silence. After dinner they cook for the next day, clean up, and end the day in night prayer.
I shortly realized that part of the reason that the Sisters were so joyful was not only because they invited Christ to be with them every step of the way, but because they KNEW that He was there walking with them in the silence.
It is easy to fill the silence by getting distracted with worldly thoughts and desires, but when it was silent there each thought and act of service was devoted to Christ or offering it up for someone. I have tried to take what I learned while I was there and bring it into my daily life. Like waking up five minutes early to offer my day for the Lord before I crank up music and get ready for the day.
As Holy Week approaches next week, I challenge myself and each of you to make a real effort to walk with the Lord. Try to take some time out of your day for silence so the Lord can speak to you or just sit with you in prayer.