May 29, 2019

Sometimes we need two minutes to stop, breath, and focus our minds on God. While some of us are already in the swing of summer plans others are still feeling the pressures of the spring semester. Wherever you find yourself, I offer you this simple practice of contemplative prayer from The Work of the People curated by Fr. Richard Rohr. Take a moment right where you are to focus your breath and connect to God through the Scriptures.

Rohr's prayer comes from Psalm 46:10 of the Hebrew Scriptures: “Be still and know that I am God.” Use this prayer to try and draw yourself into a contemplative frame of mind.

Find a quiet place, gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Prepare to pray Psalm 46:10 in five consecutively diminishing sentences.

You can use the video to add a visual element that will lead you through each sentence or use the instructions below as your guide.

Instruction

1) Find a quiet place, gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Prepare to pray the Psalm 46:10 in five consecutively diminishing sentences.

2) Either aloud or quietly to yourself, say the words, “Be still and know that I am God.”

3) After a couple deep breaths, pray, “Be still and know that I am.”

4) After a couple deep breaths, pray “Be still and know.”

5) After a couple deep breaths, pray, “Be still.”

6) After a couple deep breaths, pray, “Be.”

7) When ready, pray, “Amen.”

 


Scripture Readings for June 2, 2019
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Acts 16:16-34
Psalm 97
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
John 17:20-26