I have long believed there is a kind of contemplative renewal occurring in the Church. From where I sit, I've seen an ever growing body of evidence that this is the case. An increase of Eucharistic adoration, a re-focus on the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, an emphasis on Divine Mercy, interests in contemplative prayer and monastic life and silent retreats. So many things make me think this has all been growing, hidden, in the darkness of a world increasingly confused about Truth.
This renewal has not arrived with the fire and
exuberance of some other movements. It is growing in a quiet, hidden way.
One cannot make this sort of thing happen here or there or anywhere; one can
only be a yes to God and make oneself available. And one "yes"
- one unconditional, unqualified yes to the will of God - can reverberate
throughout the whole earth. I believe we are seeing fruits of some of
these yeses, this very day.
Tough times produce tough yeses. These yeses may not be spoken in the midst of
great emotion. They may be uttered in the pain of darkness, or with the
sting of aridity, or with the apprehension of knowing that those who stand for
the Truth of Christ are often scorned and looked down upon. This in
itself makes the yeses unconditional.
I think the blooms of contemplative renewal are being spotted here, and there, across the earth. They have been growing hidden, their roots
spreading deep under the soil.
It is a struggle to get these words down, for I suspect they sound a bit dramatic.
But in 1995 I made an attempt to speak of this to a priest, a man (now
deceased) who traveled the world teaching the Truth of Christ. He
responded: "you write of a 'contemplative renewal.'
Yes. We are shoots of a larger growth - of the Spirit - coming up
everywhere. There is hope. It is He."
Those looking for fanfare and accolades for their opinions don't pay much
attention to little clumps of flowers here and there. But little clumps
of pray-ers, rooted securely in the Church, are the ones God has always used to
hold the fertile soil of His world together.
Yes, there is hope. It is He.
Reconciled To You and Theology Is A Verb
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