Orientation. The mental state of preparation might be our first reaction when we see that word. But to be fully oriented to prepare to the fullest extent possible requires the mental, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical state of preparation for an event.
Being properly oriented for Advent in preparation for Christmas is the work of today. The proper orientation for Lent in preparation for Easter will come soon. And within each season are smaller feasts with their preparation days for which the proper orientation is beneficial.
Stopping at each preparation point to consider our mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and psychological orientation is critical to receiving most fully what God intends for us as we prepare. One can imagine the same exercise of orientation by an Olympic athlete prior to the final practices and preparation period for the Olympics. Or the orientation of the Special Forces elite soldier prior to the rehearsals for an upcoming secret mission. Their comment might be “Your head and heart have to be in the right place for you ever begin the preparation.”
So it is with each spiritual adventure we undertake, whether within the liturgical cycle or any other outside of it, such as a retreat, novena, Bible study, spiritual study, etc. Orientation begins with a pause and reflection our current state in each of those areas acknowledging honestly our condition. Otherwise, we may encounter difficulties during our preparation when we are ‘surprised’ by something in one of those areas and become ‘disoriented’ as it were.
When we have fully acknowledged our current state, we can make a decision of the will as to our desired orientation in each of those areas. And then take each of those desires to Jesus through Mary, Mediatrix of all races, begging for the grace and strength to remain in that orientation as we prepare.
So let us consider our orientation for what is in front of us now in each of those areas: mental, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical.
- What is my current state of being? Let me pause……
- What do I choose it to be? Let me pause……
Let us resolve to take the desired orientation for what we are about to undertake to Mary, Mediatrix of all graces, and ask her to give us the grace to prepare for our upcoming liturgical feast or spiritual adventure.
May peace, serenity and joy be yours as Jesus turns that flame in your heart into a Blowtorch!