Sometimes the things right under our noses, the habitual things, the taken-for-granted things conceal the simplest and, therefore, most easily overlooked insights. It struck me this morning how similar in many ways the Mass is to these letters. Through both vehicles I strive to nourish a special relationship with You. Both are very much centered on You and address You specifically. While the Mass is very structured, its content is very personal. The liturgy of the word and the liturgy of the Eucharist elicit individual resonances within me. It is similar for me to the unique ways that these letters provide a kind of dialogue. It may seem presumptuous of me to assume that Your part of such a dialogue is more than my own creation, but I honestly feel that, for the most part, You control my pen. As You offer Yourself to me each day in the Mass, so too in these letters.
Much of what the Mass and these letters have to offer comes from the disposition I bring to each. My feeling is that my disposition should be closely akin to a sponge, just as in centering prayer. The three foundation stones of my daily relationship with You, the Mass, these letters, and centering prayer place me primarily in the role of passive receiver. What I do when I’m not engaged in any of these three, when I go about the mundane tasks of daily life, is, hopefully to refer back continually to what they have offered me. They are the embodiments of Your presence in my day. There is great potential in these three for me if I learn to use them to listen.