Entering into the Silence

One of the challenges that Lent invites us into is the reality of entering in the Desert with Jesus. To enter into the Desert means to enter into the silence of the Desert with Jesus. Jesus, during his time of prayer and his experiencing of fasting, was alone with the Father except for times of his being tempted by the Devil. The Desert is both a place of silence and challenge. 

During this Lenten Season Pope Francis has invited us to minimize the the noise and allow ourselves to be able to focus more on the Lord than on the noisy distractions that surround us and often occupy our attention: As Pope Francis notes: “It is time to act, and in Lent, to act also means to pause.” To pause in prayer, in order to receive the word of God, to pause like the Samaritan in the presence of a wounded brother or sister. Love of God and love of neighbor are one love. Not to have other gods is to pause in the presence of God beside the flesh of our neighbor.

Being leaders and teachers in Catholic schools the time that encompasses Lent can often be a busy time with lots of additional ministry opportunities, retreats, Stations of the Cross etc., which are all good things. However, more than simply adding more things during Lent, sometimes what the Lord is inviting us to do is to subtract things out of our lives in order to create more space for the Lord to work. Making space for prayer is absolutely essential for those of us who are seeking to lead others to Jesus. Because if we are not rooted in Jesus, and have a substantial relationship with him we will be giving out of our poverty rather than out of a richness of a relationship with Jesus.

May the Lord give you the grace to abide with Jesus in the silence and the quiet and help you to lead your students and fellow faculty and staff to Jesus.

In Christ,
Fr. Paul Kostka