One is on a spiritual journey when one’s primary life intention is to deepen relationship with God through prayer practice, devotion and service. This is represented by consent to, and participation with, God’s unfolding presence and action within and without, in the ordinary circumstances of our life.
Q: Forgiveness is one of the highest expressions of love and love without forgiveness is no love at all. Jesus' emphasis on the absolute necessity to forgive repeatedly and from the heart is so very clear. But what is not clear is this: whether forgiveness comes unilaterally from the injured party or not. Jesus on the cross asked the Father to forgive those who were killing him and yet the perpetrators certainly did not ask for forgiveness. Were they forgiven? Is anyone forgiven their sins who does not ask for forgiveness from the heart?
Q: I have been practicing Centering Prayer off and on for about 18 years and more intensely during the past year and a half or so. For many years I had little discipline, just "exuberant mysticism" with lots of consolation. I am sure the "unloading" of the unconscious has either not happened at all or is at least not complete.
My True Self, are you there hiding behind the fear?
Are you there, my True Self; a shadow unknown, unseen,
But felt in sudden shudders and closed heart?
Are you part of the hesitation to step forward into the
Unfamiliar forces seeking expression?
This new energy that breaks forth can be surprising and unnerving!
What shape are You seeking to become?
Q: I am currently undergoing the dark night of the soul for the 2nd /3rd time. I have read a lot about John of the Cross and other authors. I am wondering who at CO has gone through the experience's. I know Fr Thomas must have had at some stage, as he speaks beyond intellectual knowledge, more from an inner knowing. Thank you in advance as this journey can be horrendous with the ego suggesting all sorts.
Lyrics from a popular Doris Day song from the 1950’s:
“Que sera sera, whatever will be, will be;
the future’s not ours to see, que sera sera”
Q: I am a lay contemplative catholic who would greatly appreciate your insight on the following matter. I see a world of one creator who has created both hell and heaven. who is responsible for giving each of us all of our gifts from bliss to the darker sides of our humanity, pride, selfishness, etc. He or she has also given us all of our thoughts from reason and enlightenment to irrational and destructive.
Q: I tried Centering Prayer for some time but reached a point where during my prayer time I was constantly assailed by profane words, words I assiduously avoid in my life. It reached a point where my prayer time became so distressing I gave it up. Any comment please?
To see with new eyes the Christmas tree
Is but an outward show
Of a deeper reality
That we have come to know.
For isn’t the Christmas tree,
Hung with ornaments aplenty
A deep reminder of how
Christ fills our lives abundantly?
Aren’t the brightly twinkling lights
A signal to our hearts
Of His constant love and presence
Though we walk in light and dark?
And is not the tree top star
To remind us of his guidance
In this wretched, human space?