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CHRISTIAN MEDITATION 2

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“Be Still an Know that I am God”

 A strong believer in Christian meditation, Padre Pio stated: “Through the study of books one seeks God; by meditation one finds Him”.  

Meditation involves coming to a stillness of spirit and a stillness of body. The extraordinary thing is that, in spite of all the distractions of the modern world, this silence is perfectly possible for all of us. To attain this silence and stillness we have to devote time, energy, and love.

The way we set out on this pilgrimage is to recite a short phrase, a word that today is commonly called a mantra. The mantra is simply a means of turning our attention beyond ourselves, a method of drawing us away from our own thoughts and concerns. The real work of meditation is to attain harmony of body, mind, and spirit. This is the aim given us by the psalmist: “Be still and know that I am God“. In meditation we turn the searchlight of consciousness off ourselves.

In meditation we are not thinking of or imagining God at all. In meditation we seek to do something immeasurably greater: we seek to be with God, to be with Jesus, to be with his Holy Spirit. In meditation we go beyond thoughts, even holy thoughts. Meditation is concerned not with thinking, but with being. Our aim for Christian prayer is to allow God’s mysterious and silent presence within us to become the reality which gives meaning, shape, and purpose to everything we are. The task of meditation, therefore, is to bring our distracted mind to stillness, silence, and concentration.

To meditate, seek a quiet place, and find a comfortable upright sitting position. Close your eyes gently. Sit relaxed but alert. Silently, interiorly, begin to say a single work. We recommend the prayer phrase “Maranatha”. It is utterly simple. Say it like this, MA-RA-NA-THA. Four equally stressed syllables. Some people say the work in conjunction with their calm and regular breathing. The speed should be fairly slow and fairly rhythmical. Continue reading CHRISTIAN MEDITATION 2

WITHOUT FAITH WE ARE WASTING TIME 2

Faith

FAITH — THE MAGIC OF BELIEVING: 

We can fritter away a great deal of energy with small worries and miss so much of what God has planned for us. Are we still tinkering with what is trivial or foolish?  In fact, without faith, we are wasting our time.

Are we missing out on real new possibilities? Would we not be much happier if we moved deeply with God into relationships and community with others?                                                                                                    
So why do people live out their lives in a way that suggests they are really waiting for their lives to be over in order to be with God for eternity?                                                                                                                                        
Why do people live out their lives in such a way as to become the persons that they wish to be in five or ten years? We are not talking about mentors whose lives we admire. We are talking about now, when we should accept who and what we are in the present? Some refer to this as the Sacrament of the Present Moment.                                          
It seems that we are content with shuffling along getting by with as little of life and experience as we possibly can. But if we live vigorously, the new life that becomes ours is none other than the life of God. God’s presence within life is very real and it is everywhere. One does not go outside life to find God.                                                                        
St. Augustine wrote that wisdom is not what is to come in the future, nor what has been in the past, but what is. Maybe we have to recognize these religious experiences in the matter of everyday with a little more sensitivity.

Can we sharpen the focus of the eyes of faith – in the ordinary? Faith is trusting in the force that moves the universe — it isn’t blind, just visionary.

The universe knows what it is doing and it is on our side if we have faith. Our attempts to direct this force merely interfere with it. In fact, without faith we are wasting time.  Continue reading WITHOUT FAITH WE ARE WASTING TIME 2

EVERY PROBLEM HAS ITS OWN SOLUTION  2

every problem has its own solution

I CAN WITH GOD

 With God we know that we can keep in touch with our own mind and we can get our own lives together.  Without God how else can we do it?  We meet daily stresses and make difficult choices.  Only later do we realize that all these events were God-led.  In fact, it is God that has had to grab us by the hair so that we are able to make new commitments and thereby live more wisely.  So every problem has its own solution.

A crisis may take us to our knees, our most humble thinking. If we had been there to begin with — if we had placed the power of God before our own, putting love before any personal ambition, then our problem may not have developed.

                                     
People don’t always “have it all together” all the time.  It is the wise person who can communicate their experiences of disruptions of relationships or ideas buried deep within.  Then God summons them and they respond and they become wiser.                                                                  
Every time that we are forced up against the absurd, we are compelled to deal with it, to change or grow.  The problem is that the absurd is so absurd – it does not make sense.

Every problem comes bearing its own solution. A crisis may take us to our knees, our most humble thinking. If we had been there to begin with — if we had placed the power of God before our own, putting love before any personal ambition, then our problem may not have developed.

In the end we begin to focus on real problems and situations.  We begin to abandon the fantasies that we have woven concerning how things should go. Continue reading EVERY PROBLEM HAS ITS OWN SOLUTION  2

PAIN AND STRUGGLES 2

Shaking the Blues

SHAKE THE BLUES

 With God we know that we can keep in touch with our own mind and we can get our own lives together.  Without God how else can we do it?  We meet daily stresses, pain and struggles and make difficult choices.  Only latter do we realize that all these events were God-led.  In fact, it is God that has had to grab us by the hair so that we are able to make new commitments and thereby live more wisely.

People don’t always “have it all together” all the time.  It is the wise person who can communicate their experiences of disruptions of relationships or ideas buried deep within.  Then God summons them and they respond and they become wiser.

Every time that we are forced up against the absurd, we are compelled to deal with it, to change or grow.  The problem is that the absurd is so absurd that it does not make sense. In the end we begin to focus on real problems and situations.  We begin to abandon the fantasies that we have woven concerning how things should go.

      We may have psychological wounds that take a lifetime to be healed.  We may suffer from poor self-esteem:  we feel that we have a lot to lose if another person really got to know us and perhaps they will not like what they find.  We may have scars caused by old betrayals and rejections that have not healed.  We may have cultural and ethnic backgrounds which limit our capability for warmth and openness.                                                                                                                                   
However, it seems that in times of sorrow, God is mysteriously most accessible.  In some profound sense, life is not ultimately absurd but rich with redemptive meaning, though we do not feel this nor can we explain it very well at the time.

It is the work of years that allow love to heal and forgive.  The work of becoming love, and of becoming what God is, may be accomplished in an entire lifetime.  In the end, it is upon completing these tasks of love that we will be judged. 

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ARE YOU LIVING YET? 2

ARE YOU LIVING YET?

FAITH — THE MAGIC OF BELIEF

We can fritter away a great deal of energy with small worries and miss so much of what God has planned for us. Are we still tinkering with what is trivial or foolish? Are you living yet?

Are we missing out on real new possibilities?  Would we not be much happier if we moved deeply with God into relationships and community with others?

So why do people live out their lives in a way that suggests they are really waiting for their lives to be over in order to be with God for eternity?

 Why do people live out their lives in such a way as  to become the persons that they wish to be in five or ten years? 

We are not talking about mentors whose lives we admire. We are talking about now, when we should accept who and what we are in the present?  Some refer to this as the sacrament of the present moment.

 It seems that we are content with shuffling along getting by with as little of life and experience as we possibly can.  But if we live vigorously, the new life that becomes ours is none other than the life of God.  God’s presence within life is very real and it is everywhere.  One does not go outside life to find God.

St. Augustine wrote that wisdom is not what is to come in the future, nor what has been in the past, but what is.   Maybe we have to recognize these religious experiences in the matter  of everyday with a little more sensitivity. 

Can we sharpen the focus of the eyes of faith — in the ordinary?  Continue reading ARE YOU LIVING YET? 2