...Draw me away! We will run after you...We will be glad and rejoice in you...We will remember your love more than wine.
Song of Songs 1:4
“Fugitiva relinquere et aeterna captare”: to abandon transient realities and seek to grasp that which is eternal . Saint Bruno of Cologne
This world is “transient,” meaning that it will last only for a short time. Jesus repeatedly reminded His listeners of this truth. During a pandemic, even the most optimistic of us must consider our vulnerability and mortality. There is a part of us, however, that isn’t mortal: our souls will live forever. Solitude and silence are paths to “abandon transient realities and seek to grasp that which is eternal.” When we are faced with the troubles and trials of this world, we should pause to ask, “What eternal truth does Jesus want to teach me through this?” For those who don’t know the superb Lover of souls, their response to the realization of humans’ fragility and mortality is one of fear, agitation, anger, and anxiety. But for those of us who know Jesus, that realization is an invitation to run after God through solitude; it is an invitation to sit at His feet in silence and learn what it is He wants to teach us. Draw me away, O’ Jesus, Lover of my soul! I will run after you!
Pray Psalm 119:105-108, 129-132, 142:
Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
I am afflicted very much;
Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.
Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth,
O Lord, and teach me Your judgments.
Your testimonies are wonderful;
Therefore my soul keeps them.
The entrance of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.
I opened my mouth and I panted,
For I longed for Your commandments.
Look upon me and be merciful to me,
As your custom is toward those who love Your name.
Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
And Your law is truth.