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"A New Season"

"Mission" (Relational Purpose: Part 7)

           Contemplative, communal intercession is our primary ministry. In this call contemplation comes before intercession because this is a call to "informed" intercession: Listening contemplatively to the voice of God and letting him show us what he wants to do in a situation, and how we should pray. As Mary says in John 2:5, "Do whatever he tells you." So, in order to be effective intercessors we must be contemplatives first. Our ministry of informed intercession flows out of the gift of contemplative relationship with God. The real core of our call is to form contemplatives; for, only when one is a contemplative can one be an "informed" intercessor.

          In this call, it is the life that prays. In other words our own personal relationship with the Lamb is both the root and power of all effective intercessory prayer. Hence, our ministry requires a committed life of prayer. We devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word (see Acts 2:42)--the Word being Jesus, the Lamb , who now sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven in "so much more excellent a ministry" (Heb. 8:6) of intercession.  This ministry of contemplative intercession requires a committed life of prayer so that Jesus can live within us and minister through us to others. Through a deep interior life--a deep experience of the Lord--we have perpetual access to the Father because of Jesus who lives within us: "No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6)

          A lifestyle of authentic contemplative intercession necessitates the integration of what are known as the four pillars of contemplative spirituality (also known as "desert" spirituality) into one's life: Prayer, penance, silence and solitude. These are disciplines that are indispensable to a lifestyle of effective intercessory prayer. Ours is a life-giving mission for the salvation of souls. Therefore, we have to receive life in contemplative prayer in order to intercede. Intercessors are a people who, because we love the Lord so deeply, in turn love to pray. This love requires of us a constant renunciation of self if it is to grow. A lifestyle of disciplined penance helps us to live the prayer of Jesus: "Not what I will but what you will" (Mark 14:36). This frees us from ourselves so that we can share in the Lamb's desire for the salvation of souls.

          Silence is a discipline that acts a a safeguard of love. This silence is to be found not only in disciplined times spent in quiet contemplative prayer, but also in a constant silent interior disposition of heart: "A silent heart is a loving heart, and a loving heart is a hospice to the world" (Poustinia. Catherine Doherty, p.5). Solitude is also an interior discipline by which we choose to be alone with God in an in-depth intimacy, and allow the Holy Spirit to transform us through a process of conversion to be more like the Lamb. For, it is his ministry, his mission and his spirituality that we are given a share in.   

Questions:

1)   Am I living a truly committed life of prayer?

2)   How am I integrating the 'four pillars' of contemplative spirituality into my life?

Scriptures:

Any scripture from the text; 1 Sam. 3:10; Is. 55:3; Mark 9:7

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Remember that we must be a praying Church: Am I praying for our Church and our world?

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