Written by: Mike Simoes
This reflection comes from an experience that I had while I was in beautiful Alberta, Waterton National Park to be specific, where I was blessed to hike up a mountain with four friends of mine from the Seminary. We were in Alberta for the ordination of Fr. Nathan Siray for the Diocese of Calgary. After his ordination, which was most excellent, we went down and did some camping and hiking.
The hike was a lot of fun but because the snow had not fully melted and there was mist in the air, the snow became slippery and every step mattered – one wrong step and it would be a boot slide down the hill into a tree or something else like a waterfall.
It was after making a couple of bad steps that I made the comment, which received a good laugh from the guys: “So this is what means to live in the Sacrament of the Present Moment!” Every step mattered as we had to trust in the Lord to get us to the next step. That is what it means to be in the Sacrament of Present Moment, to be trusting in God to bring us to the next step.
Every moment in our lives, Christ is very present to us, but most of the time, we are not aware of His presence and because some of these moments are times of tribulation, it is really hard to see Christ visibly present to us – but He is.
It is our responsibly then, to make Christ present in our lives and ultimately that will reflect how we make Christ present to others. To be in the present moment is to know that God’s grace is sustaining us and guiding us and to be aware of the grace and to co-operate with it.
One good way for us to live in the present moment is to be faithful to the duties of the day. At Madonna House, this is called the Duty of the Moment, for those involved in Opus Dei this is called a Rule or Plan of Life. It can be called whatever you want, but essentially it means to sanctify our life through our work first and foremost. We are to be faithful to what we have been called to do. Secondly, at the close of the day, we should take some time to reflect on what God has done for us that day, where we have failed Him and where Christ passed us by and were unaware of it. For those in Ignatian Spirituality this is commonly called the Examen Prayer, where we pray for God to illuminate the day for us, giving thanks for all that we have received and to learn to improve for the next day that Lord gives to us.Catholic Living, Prayer, by Catholic Chapter House.