This night our Community room is open to eighty 15 year olds who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. They want to learn how to pray. After a presention and Q and A we processed outside through the dark, cold night singing a Taize mantra and into the Chapel, the spiritual fireplace of our monastery. We prayed psalms 95 and 96 antiphonally, listened to a short Scripture reading, then closed our eyes, attending to the Holy Spirit breathing in us and prayed silently for 15 minutes.
I love the highlighted words from the last letter to all the Poor Clares from Friar Michael Perry:
“Like Jesus, be ‘accessible,’ ready to receive whoever draws close to you.” And again, “Be a mirror of His mercy so that the meeting with Truth can liberate.”