Insignificant man, escape from your everyday business for a short while, hide for a moment from your restless thoughts. Break off from your cares and troubles and be less concerned about your tasks and labors. Make a little time for God and rest a while in him. (Proslogion by St. Anselm of Canterbury. The Liturgy of the Hours, Volume 1 Advent and Christmas Season, p.192).
I could not be happier that today’s Office of Readings includes a piece of writing from St. Anselm of Canterbury. I just love it when my name’s sake shows up. lol
One of my yearly traditions is that I do not decorate my apartment with a Christmas tree or other holiday favorites until after the 17th of December. I avoid listening to Christmas Carols until Christmas Eve. I avoid the stores and long lines as much as I possibly can. I like to celebrate Advent as I believe it should be. Advent is a wonderful Season that gets robbed of it’s significance because of the holiday rush. That is why I believe that this reading from St. Anselm about taking some time out for God is so timely.
Advent is a wonderful time for contemplative prayer. It is a great opportunity to withdraw from our busy lives and “make a little time for God and rest a while in him.” We look for God in the dazzles our minds with all that is magnificent; and of course God is there. It is important that we offer our prayer to God wherever we are; as I wrote about in yesterdays blog post. It is equally essential to take some time with the Holy One and breathe in God’s holiness and breathe out all that stuff that crowds up our interior space that keeps God and us at a distance that is not there. In contemplative prayer and the mystical experience, God becomes the center of our being looking to live in a holy union in the wholeness of who we are. After all, God is the One who loves us beyond our imagination.
Are you making time for God to rest in God for a while?
Brother Anselm Philip King-Lowe, OSB