Monday, March 26, 2012
March 26 – Let Vocation Begin!
We saw yesterday that Regina Laudis Abbey was birthed through a missionary vision, two women who wanted to bless America with a Benedictine house of worship. Vision is a powerful ally for us in Cor Unum. Who, or what, is it that we wish to bless through our devotional commitment?
We bless God, of course, first and foremost, always. The monastic knows that those who so live to bring pleasure to God are those most apt to change the atmosphere around them as well. Daniel in Babylon, Abraham’s servant on a mission, Ruth gleaning on Naomi’s behalf, and of course, Joseph wherever he went! We change the climate wherever we go, or at least we may if we will! We may always bring joy and peace, we may always impart contentment and hope, on condition that we abide in them ourselves.
David played on his harp, and Saul’s devils were divested of their power to torment. Let us draw a monastic conclusion: if we will worship, being ourselves, even the least of us, greater than John the Baptist who was greater than all (Matthew 11:11,) things will start to change.
If we will pray, believing that we receive those things which we ask of the Father, things will start to change. (Mark 11:24)
If we will begin to see ourselves as God sees us, things will start to change. (Proverbs 23:7 and Colossians 3:1 and 2)
When we begin to speak the truth from the Father’s perspective and heart, things will start to change. (Isaiah 55:11)
These, my dear friends, are monastic practices, and in the cloister of our devotion, they become fervent, faithful, and fruitful.
Today is such a beautiful, rich, peaceful, powerful day in the Abbey. Find a spot and find time today to worship the Lord, our Savior and King!, for at least three minutes! Ask for nothing! Repent later! Let us open our mouths . . . the Lord will fill them with praise! If faith allows, try three minutes morning and evening . . . and let vocation begin!
"On the Right Path"