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Rest Awhile

Fr. Walter J. Quinn, OSA
Priest Associate, Priests for Life

February 06, 1999
   
 

MK 6:30-34

SAM  8:00 AM

SAM = St Augustine Monastery,   Nova Scotia,   Canada

 

THE DEMANDS on Our Lord’s time were exhausting....yet He never wanted to...send people away.  He took care of their needs...& THEN.....He would find time for....necessary PRAYER....& RESTWE HEAR about this in today’s Gospel  MK 6:30-34.....when Our Lord turns to His Apostles.....& knowing their fatigue....tells them to.....”COME ASIDE TO A  DESERTED PLACE......& REST AWHILE.” 

 

 HE MEANS all by your selves.....”for many were coming & going...& they had no Leisure”.....EVEN TO EAT....And then it says....they DID listen to the Lord....& they went in a boat...to a deserted place....BY THEMSELVES.

IN THIS MODERN WORLD of ours...which moves so fast....we too have to learn the LESSON to RELAX which does not always mean a waste of time!  THE PHRASES used  in ST MARK’S.... Gospel MK 6:30-34...I think are important...& we should not overlook them in our haste to get to the end of the message!

 

   LET’S CONSIDER THEM ONE BY ONE.

  1 – “ a deserted place”.......one can Think, Pray & Listen to God...only when the SOUL is in  a “deserted place.”...             that is NOT distracted by so many...Concerns, Worries & Noise.  This is WHY Libraries have SILENCE  SIGNS.

   2        “ all by yourselves”......one’s Mind & Heart must be alone with GOD...NOT besieged by.... ”the CROWD.

   3 -  “now rest awhile”....says Our Lord.  Don’t go aside.....& engage in the very same hyper activity of Mind... & Body.   NO...rest with the Lord...WITH & IN His Divine Will & Desires.

   4 -  “ many are coming & going”...Too many are in this category.   They’re ALWAYS “coming & going”...so that  the..,.Mind & Heart is never at rest...to allow the Lord to quietly enter our Heart.....& SPEAK to us. 

   5 – “they had no Leisure”...too many things going at once (ACTIVISM).....& material pursuits.....no matter how  Good, necessary & noble.....must never be allowed to substitute for..... the QUIETUDE of PRAYER

                 PRAYER is the Lifting up of the Mind & Heart to God allowing us to listen to His  Divine Will.   On this very point Our Lord did say of Mary Magdalene in....LK 10:38-42...”Mary has chosen the better part... & it shall not be taken from her.”

 

TO REST AWHILE....& be in the Presence of God....to Retreat from other people.......& ACTIVITY....is blessed  by  Our Lord Himself.   Today we would say...Go Unwind.....but this is not all.  We also have to...Stop, Look  & Listen!

We try to be SPIRITUALLY QUIET.......so that we can hear what the Voice of the Holy Spirit.....is saying to us!

ST AUGUSTINE MONASTERY.....here in NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA....serves several very good purposes in developing

 spirituality in good people.....who have come here over the past 175 years.  This is a beautiful place to...”get away”

.......You’ll find here a QUIET ZONE....& a SENSE OF NEARNESS to the Good God.....0 that enters the heart as soon.....as one enters the grounds.  People tells us this! 

 

 THIS IS WHY WE NEED TO KEEP THIS MONASTERY ALIVE & WELL!

   
 
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