|A Prayer Diary||
Contemplation is a wordless resting in the presence of God beyond all thoughts and images.
The point is this: God is indeed a major theological problem, a major question. But God is a major answer, as well. Or otherwise, we would be left with no answer but ourselves. What a pity that would be.
What we need most
in order to make progress
is to be silent
before this great God
with our appetite
and with our tongue,
for the language
he best hears
is silent love.
--John of the Cross, Sayings of Light and Love, trans. Mirabai Starr
The Now in which God created the first human being and the Now in which the last human being will disappear and the Now in which I am speaking—are all the same in God, and there is only one Now.
The man who learns, in solitude and recollection, to be at peace with his own loneliness…comes to know the invisible companionship of God.
Mary, you were brave enough to trust the unfolding work of God in bringing forth your son. Help me to know him, not just as God, but as the child you nurtured and the person he became. Teach me how to say “yes” and to bear him into this world.
SSJE, Prayer for your day.
The root of violence is the illusion of separation—from God, from Being itself, and from being one with everyone and everything. When we don’t know we are connected, we will invariably resort to some form of violence to get the dignity and power we lack.
Faith is not some hypothesis awaiting absolute proof: “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Faith is more like the certainty that comes from transformative encounters with the Divine: “When I believe it, I’ll see it.”
Kenneth L. Samuel, email@example.com
…the more we cultivate intimacy with the natural world, the more we discover about God’s presence.
Christine Valters Paintner