a journey through the season of Advent ….
My empty manger has become my empty heart. My heart is empty for the things I can not find, the things that I have hoped for, the things that I have prayed for, those that I have lost. My heart is empty because I have chosen to seek these things more than seeking the child Jesus.
How can I fill my empty heart?
How can I fill the manger within ME?
One way is to practice the presence of Christ in our everyday lives is through
St. Teresa of Jesus, considers contemplative prayer one on one conversation with God. In order to do this I will need to find a place of quiet and allow this to be a gift to myself this season of Advent.
Please read the excerpts from the Catholic Catechism about this type of prayer. Contemplative prayer will lead you to a deeper recollection when receiving Our Lord in Holy Eucharist.
2711 Entering into contemplative prayer is like entering into the Eucharistic liturgy: we “gather up:” the heart, recollect our whole being under the prompting of the Holy Spirit, abide in the dwelling place of the Lord which we are, awaken our faith in order to enter into the presence of him who awaits us. We let our masks fall and turn our hearts back to the Lord who loves us, so as to hand ourselves over to him as an offering to be purified and transformed.
2712 Contemplative prayer is the prayer of the child of God, of the forgiven sinner who agrees to welcome the love by which he is loved and who wants to respond to it by loving even more.8 But he knows that the love he is returning is poured out by the Spirit in his heart, for everything is grace from God. Contemplative prayer is the poor and humble surrender to the loving will of the Father in ever deeper union with his beloved Son.