Lasallian Prayer: December 1

Br. John McMahon, FSC

Br. John McMahon, FSC – Innkeeper at La Salle Center for Education and Retreats, Narragansett, RI.

Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God…

Opening Prayer

A conversation between a zen master and his disciple: “Stay Awake!”

Disciple: “Is there anything I can do to make myself enlightened?”
Master: “As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning.”
Disciple: “Then of what use are the spiritual exercises you prescribe?”
Master: “To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise.”

(as quoted on p. 60 of Richard Rohr’s book, “Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer”)

This Sunday of Advent

Matthew 24:37-44

Even staying awake, that is ‘being enlightened,’ is a gift.

The gift helps us recognize the Giver and the sacrament of the present moment, the miracle of ‘the now.’

“You know the time; it is the hour now for you to wake from sleep.”
(see: Romans 13/11-14 … from the First Sunday of Advent)

Pray for the gift of being in God’s Presence, of being in ‘the now,’ of letting God’s Spirit pray in you.

“Be still and know that I am God
Be still and know that I am
Be still and know
Be still

(as quoted by Richard Rohr, as above on pg 62)

Just ‘be’ and wait … Maranatha! … “Come, Lord, Jesus!”

“Therefore, ‘stay awake!’ … for you do not know on which day your Lord will come!”

(see: Matthew 24/37-44 … from the Gospel of the first Sunday of Advent).

Let Us Pray

Incomprehensible Holy Mystery, so often I am asleep to your self-communication. So often I fail to be awake to your love. Help me. Release me from my in-attentional sleep and allow me to truly be awake and present to you. May I discover in the silence who I am in you and who you are in me. Enable me to grow into a maturity that embraces the world and participates co-creatively in the life of the world. May all creation benefit from my practice of Advent prayer. Amen.
(adapted from, “The Field of Compassion: How the New Cosmology Is Transforming Spiritual Life,” by Judy Cannato)

The song, “Awake from your Slumber” by the St. Louis Jesuits, is an appropriate closing to this Advent Prayer. May it sing in your heart all Advent!

Do you put aside ‘quiet time’ each day … to wait in ‘the now’ for enlightenment? You need a plan, man!

When you are quiet, do you have a ‘monkey mind?’ Try to let your thoughts flow by, rather than engage them. Just witness them; don’t become them.

Can you ‘let go’ and ‘let God?’ Just let the sun rise, but ‘stay awake!’

Live, Jesus in our hearts! Forever!


About Brother

Brother John McMahon is the Innkeeper at La Salle Center for Education and Retreats, located on Noble Street in Narragansett, RI. This beloved Brother is a man of service making sure all who are guests at the Center are comfortable, and truly get the most out of their retreat experiences.