Plenary Prayer Campaign – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Plenary Document Reflection

Instrumentum Laboris

88. The journey of holiness into ever fuller communion of life with God and others is impossible without growth in the practices of the spiritual life, of attentive awareness, inner stillness, active listening, reflective reading and discerning action. The ‘prayer of the heart’[1] enables the life of the beatitudes to grow interiorly and to shape our relationships with others. Many non-Aboriginal Catholics have been enriched spiritually by learning about the Indigenous understanding of dadirri:

Our Aboriginal culture has taught us to be still and to wait. We do not try to hurry things up. We let them follow their natural course – like the seasons. We wait for the rain to fill our rivers and water the thirsty earth… We wait on God, too. His time is the right time. We wait for him to make his Word clear to us. We don’t worry. We know that in time and in the spirit of dadirri (that deep listening and quiet stillness) his way will be clear.[2]

203.  While she did not have a great understanding of all events, or of how God was working in and through her, Mary treasured these experiences and pondered them in her heart seeking to comprehend their meaning (Luke 2:19, 51).

204.  Mary’s humility, her quiet yet thoughtful guidance and her faithful endurance are qualities we can learn to imitate; they are hallmarks of faithful discipleship.

Universal Prayer Petition

We pray for the Church of Australia as we continue the preparations for the Plenary Council. May we ‘listen to what the Spirit is saying’ and be open to being guided by God’s Holy Spirit.
(Pause for silent prayer)
Lord, hear us.

Reflection

Our Aboriginal culture has taught us to be still and to wait… We wait for the rain to fill our rivers and water the thirsty earth… We wait on God, too. We don’t worry. We know that in time and in the spirit of dadirri (that deep listening and quiet stillness) his way will be clear. (Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr, “Dadirri: Inner Deep Listening and Quiet Still Awareness”, Miriam-Rose Foundation, https://www.miriamrosefoundation.org.au/about-dadirri.)

[1] Catechism of the Catholic Church, English translation, 2nd ed. (1997), n. 2558-2565.
[2] Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr, “Dadirri: Inner Deep Listening and Quiet Still Awareness”, Miriam-Rose Foundation, https://www.miriamrosefoundation.org.au/about-dadirri.