Dear fellow Mercy family and friends,
This past May I had the opportunity attend a silent retreat in Vado, New Mexico. This retreat center doubles as a community called The Lords Ranch, and is located on one square mile of desert land. The community serves groups and individuals on retreats as well as the poor, homeless, and hungry in the surrounding areas.
Most of us have heard of the old adage ‘silence is golden.’ There is a distinct peace in the stillness of silence that is of the most soothing nature to refresh a soul and allow it a break; a breath; a moment to be. And all without the pressure from our fast-paced modern American society. The silence allows us to get a grip on our humanity, allowing ourselves to simply be – pressure coming from no where – and realizing that taking care of ourselves is essential to the work and vocations we are called to.
Working in ministry, I have found prayer and allowing God to love me especially true to re-fuel and refill for the sake of the work God is currently calling me to. We are called above all, to love. Hope and Love: I venture to say these are two things our world aches to know and hold on to now more than ever. Fortunately for us, we can know these virtues in their fullness in the person of Jesus Christ. Where hope and love can be quite intimately known. Doubly fortunate for us, He resides in the deepest recesses of our soul – the recesses that envelop our entire being, and waits for us to take a moment to meet Him there so we can know this love and this hope. I want to encourage everyone to allow yourself a moment every day to give back to the one who woke you and gave you that day, who knows “well the plans he has for you, plans for your welfare and not for woe, plans to give you a future and a hope,” (Jer 29:11), and who desires you to live a life that is filled with the love, joy, and hope that is promised when we know Him. He waits for you in the silence and stillness of your heart. In this way,
Each of us can know and hold the words of Isaiah to be true ~ “see I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, don’t you perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert.” (Is 43:19).
May God abundantly bless you all,
Ms. Amelia Gallagher, Youth Minister, M.A.