Shalem Vigil Now Underway (Please Find Time For Silence Today)

Last month I wrote about how important the Shalem Institute has been in my ongoing contemplative journey. I mentioned that this year is Shalem’s 40th anniversary, and that October 13-15 Shalem would be hosting a 40-hour contemplative prayer vigil.

The vigil began last night at 7 PM eastern standard time. It runs all day today and concludes tomorrow at 11 AM eastern standard time.

So I hope if you haven’t already done so, you will take time to enter into the mystery of silence today or tomorrow morning. And when you do so, give thanks for the continuing ministry of Shalem, an ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to the renewal of contemplation in our time. Also, if you haven’t done so already, visit the 40-hour vigil website and light a virtual candle to where in the world you are participating in the vigil. There are already over 2200 people who have committed to “circle the world in prayer” — and it’s not too late to join in!

Enjoy the silence, my friends. Enjoy however little or much time you can give to the Shalem vigil — and please join me in giving thanks for Shalem.

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  1. This morning as I drove for miles along a quiet, dirt road…..very rutted, puddles from last night’s rain….averaging 12 MPH…..I enjoyed a most blessed silence…..the blue sky, the mist on the mountains, green rows of beans and chiles, mesquite trees and other thorny shrubs……and the sun just breaking through the clouds with all its desert strength. I thought of the prayer vigil and I gave thanks for this special time that Shalem has set aside. God bless you, one and all.

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