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You Shall Never Hunger Or Thirst Again


Brother Roger – Founder of Taize 1915 - 2005

Brother Roger – Founder of Taize
1915 – 2005

The shelves of the local supermarkets hold all sorts of food and drink to satisfy the physical hungers and thirsts of their customers. However, these giant food stores cannot satisfy the spiritual hungers and thirsts of their patrons. One day Jesus spoke these awesome words: “No one who comes to Me shall ever be hungry. No one who believes in Me shall ever thirst.”

With these words, Jesus promised amazing things in helping us understand the mysteries of life. Oftentimes in years past, in quiet corners of splendid Gothic Churches in Paris, I have come upon young people sitting on the floor praying in quiet, subdued song before an image of Christ or Mary. Usually a few guitarists led them in barely audible harmony of chants of praise.

These young people had learned this practice of quiet prayer at Taize, the famous ecumenical monastery about 150 miles south of Paris. The monastery at Taize, was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger, a holy man, and continues to attract young people from all over the world.

The youngsters come to Taize to find meaning in life, to seek a deeper friendship with Christ, to heal the wounds of their minds and hearts. As St. Matthew said some 80 times in his Gospel, “Jesus is Lord”, so the youthful pilgrims make this the theme of their stay at Taize. Visiting there changed my life.

All believers in Jesus can imitate the youngsters of Paris and Taize. Like the young people in the Churches of Paris, one can draw aside to a quiet place in the home, away from the noise of family life. One could sit on cushions or pillows, something I do, before an image of Christ or Mary.

The believer can speak from the heart in words of friendship with the Christ, reminding Him of His Promises mentioned above. “I want a deeper friendship with you. Help me to see the meaning of life. My weaknesses dismay me. My grief is like a heavy stone in my heart.”

Jesus never made empty promises. Quietly keep whispering to Him, “Jesus is Lord.” My experience at Taize has left an indelible mark on my spirit. It opened a new door in my heart to what could happen in my life.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

March 29, 2014 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Lent is such a good time to work on our relationship with God. Time for prayer, reflection, and quiet – thank you Fr. George for reminding us of our need to remember “Jesus is Lord.”

    Comment by Anonymous | March 29, 2014 | Reply

  2. This is beautiful and you are amazing!!!! Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful words and for such a wonderful response…:)

    Comment by Gede Prama | March 29, 2014 | Reply

  3. Thank you, Fr. George! I find such comfort and closeness with the Lord these days – I walk our dogs and say the Rosary. It is very peaceful and comforting to say it outside. And I have attended Stations of the Cross at our church on Fridays. Both deepen my faith and closeness with Jesus. Thank you for always showing us the way to be closer to Our Lord! Love you, Fr. George!

    Comment by nancywest22 | April 5, 2014 | Reply


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