3674 Hwy 47 - Peralta, NM 87042

Adult Spirituality Program

Adult Spirituality

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE MEDITATION GROUP
THURSDAY evenings from 7-8PM
FRIDAYS after 8AM Mass. 
 
 
How Does One Meditate?
 
Sit down. Sit still with your back straight. Close your eyes lightly. Then interiorly, silently begin to recite a single word – a prayer word or mantra. We recommend the ancient Christian prayer-word "Maranatha" (Come, Lord Jesus). Say it as four equal syllables. Breathe normally and give your full attention to the word as you say it, silently, gently, faithfully and  - above all - simply.
 
The essence of meditation is simplicity. Stay with the same word during the whole meditation and in each meditation day to day. Don't visualise but listen to the word, as you say it. Let go of all thoughts (even good thoughts), images and other words. Don’t fight your distractions: let them go by saying your word faithfully, gently and attentively and returning to it as soon as you realise you have stopped saying or it or when your attention wanders.
 
Meditate twice a day, morning and evening, for between 20 and 30 minutes. It may take a time to develop this discipline and the support of a tradition and community is always helpful. 
 
 

WHY SHOULD ONE MEDITATE?

It’s very difficult to determine what exactly makes a person want to meditate. We discover the “why” only after we begin to meditate.

First, as Christians our limited minds cannot grasp the infinity of God. Philosophy, theology and other forms of learning only tell us things about God. They do not bring us into an EXPERIENCE  of God. When we begin to abandon words, images and ideas about God in the silence of prayer, we come to a deeper sense and a deeper love of God. 

In stillness, that quiet space, we come into the life of the Spirit, where we are transformed.  Even Christ and the apostles became caught up in the activity and business at times (Mark 6:31). We need to withdraw each day from excessive noise and activity and find God in the solitary place in our own heart! We become disposed to God in silence.As Saint Augustine says,

“OUR HEARTS ARE RESTLESS UNTIL THEY REST IN YOU!”

We are losing the contemplative dimension of our lives, and we are paying a terrible price. Noise is drowning out the voice of God. That is why we come to meditation: to experience the presence of God. 

Secondly, if we meditate, we become conscious of the “fruits of the spirit,“ as Saint Paul calls them........love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-24). 

Thirdly, we join others on the common path. Spiritual writers tell us that “meditation then is the part of the universal spiritual culture of all humankind” (Ken Wilber). 

Meditation is common to Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Taoists and Sufis in Islam. Despite our different beliefs, and while our doctrinal differences seem to be great, the one practice that unites us, that brings us together is this path of meditation, of the inner silence of prayer.

 
 
 
 
REFLECTIONS/PRAYERS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
 
We’ve Been Here Before Spiritual Guidance for Enduring Coronavirus
 
THE EXAMEN AND CORONAVIRUS
 
SOCIAL MEDIA & SOCIAL DISTANCING
 
SEVEN WAYS TO DEAL WITH CORONAVIRUS ANXIETY!
 
SACRIFICES!
 
HOLY WEEK 2020 GROUNDED IN HOLY GRATITUDE
 
GROUNDED IN GRATITUDE
 
EASTER MESSAGE
 
A Holy Week/Easter reflection from the parish adult spirituality/meditation group!!
 
CALLING UPON ST. ANTHONY OF THE DESERT DURING A TIME OF PANDEMIC
 
ACTIVELY WAITING IN LIGHT ON THE EVE OF SABBATH
 
A PRAYER FOR DAILY MIRACLES & HOLINESS
 
SPEAKING TO GOD ON YOUR OWN TERMS
 
Jesus, Are You Not My Mother?
 
THE CLOSURE OF CATHOLIC CHURCHES. WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED THUS FAR?
 
Litany of Mary
 
A Prayer of Shelter and Shadow

 

 

MONTHLY MOVIES WITH MEANING

 

 
MOVIES WITH MEANING will offer a selection of titles that are not always religious in content but sometimes secular, yet making faith connections to the meaning of life both personally and communally, oneʼs relationship with God and with the human family. People will come together (usually 1st or 2nd Friday of each month at 6:30PM) to watch a particular movie and then be given discussion questions. The discussion will usually take place the following Thursday @7PM or Friday morning after Mass @9AM when we have our prayer and meditation meeting. A movie is usually two hours long and there just isnʼt enough time to think, digest, to share that first night.
 

LENTEN MOVIES WITH MEANING

March 19 (Tues.) 6:40PM

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The parish “Adult Spirituality/Meditation” program presents a VERY thought provoking film during Lent entitled, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. This is not a movie for the faint of heart, as the language and theme of this R-rated film might be offensive to some adults. However, it is a movie that will enrich your Lent in that it has the capacity to demonstrate forgiveness and transformation (two themes of the Lenten season) In the midst of a story that simultaneously brings out the worst and best of human nature, the most despicable and unsympathetic characters in the movie offer on unmistakably tender message of forgiveness. This movie represents the triumph of mercy over hatred.

This movie is about a bereaved mother who has had it with the failure of the local police department to find the person responsible for raping and murdering her daughter. She rents three billboards on a road leading out of Ebbing, Missouri and pays to have them emblazoned with black lettering on a red background: (1) RAPED WHILE DYING, (2) AND STILL NO ARRESTS? (3) HOW COME SHERIFF WILLOUGHBY?

PLEASE BE WARNED!!! This is not a lighthearted movie where everyone ends up living happily ever after. This movie struggles with the powerful themes of forgiveness and revenge, life and death, damnation and redemption.

Come and see how viewing “movies with meaning” can be the occasion of a Divine Encounter, a moment of grace in our own lives. Especially during this season of Lent!

After the film we will be able to discuss a Catholic understanding of redemption, damnation, how people (yes, you!) see the world through different theological lenses (what does theology mean?), about good and evil, moral and immoral, sin and punishment and so many other things as portrayed through the very interestingcharacters in this film.

 
 
 
 
Past “movies with meaning” you might enjoy:
  1. The Searchers
  2. Gravity
  3. All Saints
  4. Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas)
  5. Into Great Silence
  6. Song of Bernadette

 

 

SPIRITUAL BOOK OF THE MONTH  CLUB!

 

LENTEN BOOK OF THE MONTH

The parish adult spirituality/meditation program will be reading for our Lenten book of the month during Lent,

GIRL, ARISE

 

The title of the book, Girl, Arise, is from the word, TALITHA - an uncommon feminine name meaning “little girl” in Aramaic, given in reference to the Biblical story in the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus Christ was said to have resurrected a dead child with the words "Talitha cumi" or "Talitha kum" or "Talitha koum," meaning "Little girl, I say to you, arise!"

The author of this book, Claire Swinarski, believes it is possible to be both a Catholic and a feminist. She reconciles these two identities by demonstrating the strength and abilities women have to share with the Body  of Christ. She points out that while both “feminism” and “Catholicism”  can mean different things to different people, those who are Catholic feminists desire to make the world a better, more equitable place. And she shows that by treating women with dignity equal to that of men, by calling them his friends and teaching them, Jesus acted as a feminist as well.

The author is an ARDENT PRO-LIFE woman, knowing modern feminism goes too far, and explores what it means to serve others rather than focus on our own needs first.

She explores the stories of holy women, including Vashti in the book of Esther, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Joan of Arc, Mary Magdalene and the Blessed Virgin Mary - to show how their faith influenced their actions, even when these actions went against traditional norms and roles  of women.

You will be empowered, as a man or woman (This book is not only for men!), during this Lenten season to embrace your God-given abilities and follow in the footsteps of women who have gone before you in faith announcing Christ, believing in His promises, and being faithful in an  ever-changing world.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Chapters 1-4

Chapters 5 & 6

Chapters 7 & 8

Chapter 9 & Conclusion