|A Prayer Diary||
In the beginning Jesus Christ by His Spirit has to check you from doing a great many things that may be perfectly right for everyone else but not right for you.
When we choose to believe and hope in God’s unwavering presence and purpose in our lives, we are empowered to keep moving forward and to do the next right thing, despite the shortcomings of our character and circumstances.
Even if you are satisfying some essential need, do not allow your mind to be idle, but let it meditate and pray in secret.
But if Jesus hid Himself and leave them but for a brief time, they begin to complain or become overly despondent in mind.
Thomas a Kempis
In Byzantine icons and many later paintings, Jesus is shown holding up two fingers, indicating, “I am fully human, and I am fully divine at the same time.” This paradox is just too much for the rational mind to grasp. Maybe only art and prayer can help us understand it!
Our relationship with God will always be a tension between knowing his presence and feeling his distance.
Because we humans are in evolution we must see Christ in evolution as well—Christ’s humanity is our humanity, Christ’s life is our life…
The life to which he invited his hearers was the life in the Spirit that he himself had experienced. The narrow way, the road less traveled, is life centered in the Spirit of God.
Since God Himself has created us in such a way that we must hear the word of God if we are to be ourselves, he has also endowed us with the ability to hear it.
Hans Urs von Balthasar