FILLING IN THE HOLES
In contemplative prayer, one characteristic is that you must deliberately slow down. Another reaction that I have found is in thinking that I have to do something with the time I meditate or it is not productive, I must fill in the hole of time that I just created with something, anything. This feeling becomes all consuming, if not addressed. After each of my meditative blogs on contemplative practices, I recommend that you consider reading them three times, each time growing deeper in awareness and time for the Holy Spirit to overshadow you with grace (energy of God).
TYPES OF HOLES IN YOUR LIFE
Holes are those voids in your life that cause you to ache because you do not feel the same, or whole. All humans try to fill these holes, like someone who has a chronic back pain and can’t find relief, even with strong medications. Be careful what you use to fill your hole.
Here are a few types of holes you might have experienced as you meander down your path of life.
These are only a few of the holes that you might have dug for yourself or find yourself in, right now.
UNAUTHENTIC WAYS TO FILL YOUR HOLE
AUTHENTIC WAYS TO GET OUT OF YOUR HOLE
CONTEMPLATION AND SERENITY
Use this Scripture as it was intended, to help each of us have in us the mind of Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5) and give us the strength to place ourselves in the healing presence of the Trinity.
The Praise of the Father.
25 At that time Jesus said in reply,* “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.
26 Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.
The Gentle Mastery of Christ.
28 “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
How can taking up the burden of filling a hole be considered light by Christ? The yoke of the World can be these holes that you experience in your life and over which you do not have control. The heavy yoke of which Christ speaks is taking up our cross daily, using the love of others, as Christ loves us, to fill the hole. Understand, Christ won’t take away your heavy yoke but will help you carry it with his own heart next to yours.
Our hearts are restless, says St. Augustine, until they rest in Thee.
Praise to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever. The God who is, who was, and who is to come at the end of the ages. Amen and Amen. –Cistercian doxology
The first time you read the blog, just read it as you normally do but make a deliberate effort to read it slowly and don’t rush just to finish it. The second time read it even slower but try to pick out one idea or theme that you want to explore. You may wish to write it down in the space that I have provided for your notes. I have heard it said that the third time is the charm. The third time read it again but this time as prayer. Take ten minutes or more to reflect on the story. Look at the photo of the park bench for a few minutes. What is the Holy Spirit trying to tell you? You don’t have to do anything now but wait.