Give your servant
lebh shomea (a listening heart)
so as to be able to discern (1 Kings 3:9).
Jesus would always go off
to some place
where he could be alone and pray (Luke 5:16).
These two texts embody the spirit of Lebh Shomea House of Prayer at La Parra Ranch located in Wild Horse Desert, six miles due east of the small South Texas town of Sarita. The purpose of the House of Prayer is to assure a milieu and to furnish a place where a person can go off to at any time in order to be alone and pray. Lebh Shomea stresses the silent listening of the heart - contemplative prayer.
As a contemplative-eremitical community, we celebrate the mystery of the Word-Made-Flesh. Jesus entered the world at a specific time and into a particular culture, but the Christ of faith transcends time and culture, becoming incarnate in every culture in each generation. May He reign in our hearts and in our world.