By Kathy Keary
Part 2 of 3. Read all the articles here.
Embracing that we are the beloved of God, a God who desires to be in relationship with us, encourages the movement from a childlike prayer life to a more mature relationship that will ultimately bring us closer to the ideal of praying without ceasing. Believing in the depths of our soul that we were created out of the unbounded love of God and that the Creator placed within us a desire to be in communion with the Divine stirs an undeniable passion within us.
Accepting God’s invitation to draw close is a first step in realizing an intimate bond with our Maker. As our kinship grows, we experience the truth expressed by St. Paul: “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
As we grow in our relationship with God, we realize that God is not far off and aloof but very much a part of our daily life and our very being. The words of Meister Eckhart, a 13th-century German theologian, philosopher, and mystic, become our words: “God is nearer to me than I am to me; my existence depends on the nearness and the presence of God.”
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I have personally found that resting in God or Centering Prayer has opened the door for me to experience the Indwelling Spirit on a palpable level. The awareness that God is just a breath away is heightened as is the felt sense of God’s presence in the depths of my soul.
As this communion flourishes, God dominates the heart much like a loved one captures our focus. Our thoughts and actions become centered in this one who has captivated us and whose presence is with us 24/7. This intimacy becomes the impetus for moving closer to the practice of praying without ceasing.
We offer various ways that may support our efforts as we move closer to praying without ceasing:
Consider trying on one or more of these suggestions this week. Stay tuned for our next article where we will continue to speak about ways we can implement prayer into our life as we journey toward the ideal of praying without ceasing.
Note: New articles in this series are posted to the website every Monday. The full series can be found here: An Invitation to Something New: The Contemplative Life. On Thursday’s we’ll send an email to remind you of the articles.
[Kathy Keary, a Precious Blood Companion and spiritual director, holds a master’s degree in theological studies and is a graduate of the Atchison Benedictine’s Sophia Center’s Souljourners Program, an intense study of spirituality and spiritual direction. Kathy believes that the divine is present and active in all of life and encourages others to be awakened to the God in all including the divine within. She enjoys accompanying others on their journey to wholeness discovering the person they were created to be.]
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