Spiritual disciplines provide a centering point that grounds us in God’s love and helps us to discern God’s will. Attentiveness is this week’s Lenten theme as Rev. Rebecca Reyes encourages us to be still and take a “Long Loving Look at the Real” – see this.
Without intentional moments of noticing, we miss a lot. “All kinds of wonderful and important things are going on directly in front of us but we miss most of them because we are not awake…Remember Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane? “Watch here and wait with me,” he tells his disciples.” They fail to do so. To be attentive we must open ourselves to be totally present in the moment. We live such busy lives that it becomes too easy to get caught up in the daily cycles of busyness that order our days. “For lack of attention,” writes the English mystic Evelyn Underhill, “a thousand forms of loveliness elude us every day.”
In this week’s Signs of Hope Lenten reflection, Rebecca discusses spiritual disciplines that are spiritually nurturing for individuals and faith communities. She gently encourages us to consider ways to widen our circle of spiritual practices that support our efforts to be attentive to the movement of God in our lives. Listen to Rebecca at: https://youtu.be/ZFHOuzc87TY.
Resource: Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life,” by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, p. 52-53.