Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
The psalmist says, "Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you." If I ever forget you.
I've thought a lot about the idea of "being forgettable" in the past. Will I be remembered? I think a lot of us wonder if the work we're doing will outlast the algorithm social media uses to promote posts.
Is what I'm doing important or significant? Will it be remembered past tomorrow? Will I make a mark in this world by the way I live, speak, and love? Am I doing something that actually matters?
After I'm done wondering about myself and whether I'll be remembered for doing anything significant in the world, I come to what I'm remembering of others.
There are many things that we will never forget as a nation. We have significant cultural events that make a mark on our hearts as a nation.
Even more than any of these events, we have a mark in our souls that remind us of Christ and his Redemption for us. We are called to remember him always. Every moment of every day.
If we remember who Christ is, who we belong to, and what he did for us, every effort we do during our time here on earth will have a deeper lasting effect.
If we keep Christ first when fighting for racial justice, we will go further. We will be able to help heal the wound from a deeper place.
If we keep Christi first when having hard conversations with anyone we have a relationship conflict with, we will go further. We will be able to heal the relationship from a place of vulnerability and empathy.
If we keep Christ first in our lives, we will be remembered for how we loved Him and others.
How do I know this is true? Mother Teresa. Dorthy Day. John Paul II. Thérèse of Lisieux. Pier Giorgio Frassati. Augustine. Anthony, Francis of Assisi. Peter Kibe. Maria Goretti.
These and thousands more are remembered first for the way they never forgot the Lord. Let us be counted among their number.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
Where are you leaving the Lord out of your life? What aspects have you forgotten to include Him in?
How will you bring Him to the forefront of what you're doing today?
What cause or effort do you need to bring the Love of Christ with you beginning today?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"I will never forget you Lord."
"I love you Lord."
"I'm nothing without you Lord."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Before we continue with the prayer we have been praying daily during this pandemic, let us pray for unity. Please click here to pray the Prayer to Overcome Racism. I encourage you to pray this prayer often, or one similar in your own words so that we can begin to strive towards the unity God created us for.
In this difficult time, we will use our Action step each day to join with people around the world in praying for an end to the pandemic of the Coronavirus, for the healing of all those affected, and for the comfort of all those who have lost a loved one. The prayer below is from Archbishop José H. Gomez, President of the USCCB in his reflection and prayer during coronavirus:
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katie Herzing, a former youth minister turned parish evangelization consultant living in North Carolina.
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