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  • Deacon Dan Wright serves the Diocese of Austin, Texas. His work outside the parish is as a special education teacher serving students with significant cognitive disabilities.



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July 17, 2007



What a marvelous way you've put it. For Pete's sake, for how long have I not been praying with the Church, for even tho' I've thought my every prayer was that - it isn't! There IS a distinction. I have just spoken with someone of doubts about her level of Catholicism by saying just as my husband and I did not remain as bf/gf, but went on to be publicly committed to one another, even in clouds of unknowing.. that even tho' we've had our doubts -- which we'd not have had, if this was not a serious lifelong commitment -- that we've been tried by fire, and shall not be moved, because after all the increments of love, there is a core truth about how/why/when we came together, and even then, I can (be fool enough to) think of it any way I want, or I can simply trust, and remain committed. Same with this Faith, with this, Christ's one holy catholic and apostolic Church. Commitment to relationship. I said that tho' not perfect, I believe the church is for my good and the good of all the world, and that based on that and so much else of Truth that came in increments, that I, like a spouse, married the Church in my heart. This Faith is, after all, a Mutual commitment, a Mutual love, not just mine. Lifelong. Anyway, I see now that I have not been praying with the Church. Pray that I'll start praying.

And amen, actively listening to God opens wider the door. Mary was all-yes, but what if she had not been all-active listening? Could she have believed the angel before her was indeed angel, or believed he was speaking to her, or what he was saying? She kept her agenda nowhere at all - all of her was set aside for God. For God's honor, God's love, God's life, God's very breath. This is why we greatly fail to receive the annunciation, the good news, and His own prayer on that hard and wonderful night. We are distracted.


One of last Sunday's readings really spoke to me about this "listen" aspect of prayer. I find that at times, prayer is not "talking to God", but rather "talking at God", let alone listening! But this is really a good lesson, especially the last line:

Moses said to the people:
“If only you would heed the voice of the LORD, your God,
and keep his commandments and statutes
that are written in this book of the law,
when you return to the LORD, your God,
with all your heart and all your soul.

“For this command that I enjoin on you today
is not too mysterious and remote for you.
It is not up in the sky, that you should say,
‘Who will go up in the sky to get it for us
and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?’
Nor is it across the sea, that you should say,
‘Who will cross the sea to get it for us
and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?’
No, it is something very near to you,
already in your mouths and in your hearts;
you have only to carry it out.

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