|By Fr. Brendan McGuire
Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, San Jose and Vicar General for special projects, Diocese of San Jose. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be Prepared, Be People of Prayer
One of core teachings of St. John of the Cross is that all life has a center created by God. He calls it “profundo centro” (profound center.) In this place, God speaks to our heart. We need to become aware of that interior center of ourselves for that is where God gives us the wisdom for life.
In the Gospel today, Jesus tells us that we are called to prepare to receive wisdom as we await Christ’s return. We need to learn how to seek that profundo centro within ourselves.
St. John of the Cross would say that there is no substitute, that we must do it, as he says, in soledad; in solitude. That does not mean loneliness but rather the we must retreat from the busyness of our lives. There is a lot of stuff we could do, there are lots of places we can be, but we need to temper our lives and spend some time in soledad, in solitude, with our God. In that moment, we need to be still in the Lord’s presence and to listen to his wisdom with our own heart. I plead with you, please take the time to pray for ten minutes minimally each day alone with the Lord seeking and finding that profundo centro in your life.
I promise you that any minutes you spend in prayer each day will be given back to you thirty, sixty, a hundred-fold with the wisdom and the patience and the kindness you will receive in those few moments in quietness and stillness with the Lord. I know it is hard with our busy lives but I know of no other way to overcome the difficulties of our lives. When we seek and find that profundo centro within ourselves, the darkest night is never dark, the worst pain is never bad enough that we cannot get through it, the hardest loss is never too much to overcome when we know our God is inside with us each and every day. It is like a light that burns within our own heart that no darkness can ever overcome. That light is within every single one of us but we must be willing to spend some time in soledad y templanza, in solitude and temperance seeking and finding the God of wisdom, the God who is Christ, the God who is within us in the profundo centro of our lives.