Be Still

Rev. Michael Machacek

"Be still and know that I am God — silence — Be still and know — siilleenncce — Be still — siiillleeennnccceee—" One could have heard a pin drop as Fr. Michael lead us in a silent meditation at November 16th’s Theology on Tap. I couldn’t believe I was sitting in a pub surrounded by people in motionless meditation. Silence and stillness is truly a gift even when found in the most unexpected of places! (Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt, Faith Connections Assistant Director)

Here are some of the resource suggestions Fr. Michael Machacek (Pastor of the Newman Centre) shared with us:

Suggestions for Silence

  • Practice it! Part of your daily routine, like going to the gym.
  • Start with 5 minutes, twice per day, then increase the time.
  • Distractions will come! When they do, stop, recognize them, then set them aside. If it is a very important point, have a notepad nearby so you can jot it down.
  • Good body posture - back straight, just like Mom said!
  • Breathe slowly, naturally.
  • Use of a prayer phrase is very helpful for many. Time the phrase with your breathing. It may be just one word, like "Jesus" or "God". Or a phrase, like, "My Lord, My God," or "Be still and know that I am God," or "O God (in) Come to my assistance (out) O Lord (in) Make haste to help me (out)."

Other things to consider - does your car radio, home stereo need to be on all the time? Do you need that iPod when walking around?

Walk, or sit, with your eyes, ears and heart open!

Aids for Silence
Ear plugs!

Books:
Toward God: The Ancient Wisdom of Western Prayer by Michael Casey, Triumph Books, 1989.
Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life by Christopher Jamison, Liturgical Press, 2006.

Videos:
YouTube: The Monastery, 2005 (a BBC production)
Into Great Silence, a film by Philip Groning, Mongrel Media, 2006.

Web sites:
www.sacredspace.ie
www.centeringprayer.com