Wait, Keep Vigil

focus word: wait

listen, wait for the Word, keep vigil, pray in your closet

when strong emotions come, wait, watch your breath to calm the mind before speaking or taking action

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits”—Psalm 130

“Hegel said, “Behind the facade of the familiar, strange things await us.” Familiarity enables us to tame, control and ultimately forget the mystery.”- John O’Donohue, from Anam Cara

“Changing the world is like trying to straighten a dog’s tail. However much you may try, you won’t succeed. But although the tail won’t straighten, if you keep trying every day, at least you will put on some muscle. Similarly, even though it is difficult to make a change, our effort to do so in itself brings positive results. It will help us change. Without waiting for others to change, if we change ourselves first, that will make a difference. Instead of worrying about results, focus on doing our best in what we are engaged in.”—Amma, Matravani -14