Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Make Space For God

Do you believe in the Communion of Saints? I mean really believe in it? Believe that the Saints, with a capital ‘S’ actually communicate with us? Think we are worth their time and trouble? I do. I'm convinced of it in fact.

Today is the Feast Day of St. Anselm. Today I finally got around to watching a video a colleague gave me weeks ago. It has to do with Communion and he shows it to our parish's parent's First Sacrament's class every year. After he gave it to me, I misplaced it. I didn't worry about it too much until he asked me for it back this past Sunday; then I panicked. Oh no! Where was it?!

Time to call on one of my favorite patrons, St. Anthony. Having been born on dear St. Anthony of Padua's Feast Day, I feel especially close to this saint and Doctor of the Church who is also affectionately known by many Catholics as the "finder of lost articles." He found the tape called, Sent Forth, and I watched it.

On the tape was this amazing quote from St. Anselm which seemed to be a message from the great saint himself on his feast day. It comes from his famous work, the Proslogion, and is used in the Office of Readings for Friday of the first week of Advent. Here it is:

“Insignificant man, rise up! Flee your preoccupations for a little while. Hide yourself for a time from your turbulent thoughts. Cast aside, now, your heavy responsibilities and put off your burdensome business. Make a little space free for God; and rest for a little time in him.

Enter the inner chamber of your mind; shut out all thoughts. Keep only thought of God, and thoughts that can aid you in seeking him. Close your door and seek him. Speak now, my whole heart! Speak now to God, saying, I seek your face; your face, Lord, will I seek.

And come you now, O Lord my God, teach my heart where and how it may seek you, where and how it may find you.

Lord, if you are not here, where shall I seek you when you are absent? But if you are everywhere, why do I not see you present? Truly you dwell in unapproachable light. But where is unapproachable light, or how shall I come to it? Or who shall lead me to that light and into it, that I may see you in it? Again, by what signs, under what form, shall I seek you? I have never seen you, O Lord, my God; I do not know your face.

What, O most high Lord, shall this man do, an exile far from you? What shall your servant do, anxious in his love of you, and cast out far from your presence? He is breathless with desire to see you, and your face is too far from him. He longs to come to you, and your dwelling-place is inaccessible. He is eager to find you, but does not know where. He desires to seek you, and does not know your face.

Lord, you are my God, and you are my Lord, and never have I seen you. You have made me and renewed me, you have given me all the good things that I have, and I have not yet met you. I was created to see you, and I have not yet done the thing for which I was made.

And as for you, Lord, how long? How long, O Lord, do you forget us; how long do you turn your face from us? When will you look upon us, and hear us? When will you enlighten our eyes, and show us your face? When will you restore yourself to us?

Look upon us, Lord; hear us, enlighten us, reveal yourself to us. Restore yourself to us, that it may be well with us, yourself, without whom it is so ill with us. Pity our toilings and strivings toward you since we can do nothing without you.

Teach me to seek you, and reveal yourself to me when I seek you, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, nor find you unless you reveal yourself. Let me seek you in longing, let me long for you in seeking; let me find you by loving you and love you in the act of finding you.”

Happy Feast Day St. Anselm! Thanks for the message!

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