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: If I pray to remove sickness or pain, am I refusing God? If I am to offer up my pain, how can I pray that it go away? Or if I am to accept (I let go of the (my) desire to change this feeling or sensation) why would I pray to be relieved of the pain? I would like to pray to feel better, I know Jesus cares about our physical afflictions, but I’m confused.
Before setting out for morning services, John and I stood outside of our hermitage, which overlooked the valley and the monastery below, and gazed into the pre-dawn sky; the same sky we examined the previous evening after returning from Vespers, when John pointed out to me the mighty Orion. Now, as then, the moon and stars enchanted us, and so we delayed the start of our journey down the mountainside and to the monastery. Standing close together and bundled against the crisp, very cold mountain air, we scanned the mountain ridge looking to see where the sun would make its appearance.
Powerlessness, an articles by Fr. Thomas Keating. Powerlessness is our greatest treasure. Don’t try to get rid of it. Everything in us wants to get rid if it. Grace is sufficient for you, but not something you can understand...
All things must have a start, even times of quiet contemplation. After several days of hard cold rain on the Northern California coast ones thinking can become gray as the weather. In my slow indoor “cabin fever” pace I can’t help thinking over my long past with its Lenten enhanced sorrowful sin episodes. They hit me like machine gun bullets, so many incidents of shame and sorrow, bad fleshy decisions. Like David in the scriptures “Lord, forgive the sins of youth” and God chastises those He loves. Some of those decisions earlier on and some of late follow me li
Q: My question is regarding grief. Actually I suppose it is regarding prayer in any form of strain or fear, but grief especially.