During this year of consecrated life, it is appropriate to focus on the practice of prayer and its forms. Many of the saints and spiritual writers have advocated the idea of the "Holy Hour" - an hour's time spent before the Lord in the tabernacle or even the Blessed Sacrament exposed. This time can be spent reading Scripture, saying the Rosary, reading a spiritual book, or focusing one's attention on the Lord in a gentle way, keeping aware of His love and care.
There is a daily exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Hour at the abbey, and if you live in our area, you are warmly encouraged to come and join us. The way it is practiced at St. Michael's includes exposition, the recitation of Compline, a period of silent meditation (during which the sacrament of confession is available in the back of the church) and then Benediction. This is a very fruitful way to spend an hour in the evening and to get to know the Lord and His will in your life better.
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