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PRAYER IS A LONGING FOR GOD! [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1995

PRAYER IS A LONGING FOR GOD! Dag Hammarskjold, a former Secretary General of the UN, wrote in his book Markings: I don’t know who or what put the question, I don’t know when it was put. I don’t even remember answering. But at some moment I did answer ‘Yes’ to Someone or Something and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life, in selfsurrender, had a goal. (p. 169) Today we all struggle to search out our individual uniqueness amidst an overwhelming mass of strangers, even in our parishes and our own families. We engage in repetitious, formal liturgical and communal prayer. But today a person must be free to declare a self-surrendering “yes” to another in committed love. We may find ourselves greatly dissatisfied in our relationship with God. We may yearn in prayer to be more committed to him, to be able to love him with our whole heart, our whole soul, our mind, and all our strength. Yet after so many “new years’ resolutions” and attempts,...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
THE CALL TO THE DESERT [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1995

THE CALL TO THE DESERT Down through the centuries there have always been Christians who “sold” all they had in order to possess the Unpossessable. Whether they lived literally as those great athletes intoxicated with the love of God in the deserts of Egypt and Mesopotamia or as those “masked contemplatives” hidden in the dark desert of their hearts, their actions reveal what it means to make God primary in one’s life. True Christian mystics sit day and night before the Lord of the universe and listen to the Word of God as he sends down upon the desert of their hearts his life-giving Spirit of love. Their example points out to us the ideal of Christianity: “Love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole mind, with all your strength.” This requires a “passing over” beyond our habitual reasoning about God and a letting go of the “unreal” self we present to him. We must make a total sacrifice of the existential person we are in all our brokenness and prideful posturing be...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
LEAVING THE FLESH POTS OF EGYPT [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1995

LEAVING THE FLESH POTS OF EGYPT In his Letters to Malcolm, C. S. Lewis describes the manner in which we are to destroy the idols and images we have made of God and of ourselves and thus be open to God’s fresh revelation through the risen Lord Jesus and his Holy Spirit: Only God himself can let the bucket down into the depths in us. And on the other side, he must constantly work as the iconoclast. Every idea of him we form, he must in mercy shatter. The most blessed result of prayer would be to rise thinking, ‘But I never knew before. I never dreamed....’ I suppose it was at such a moment that Thomas Aquinas said of all of his theology: ‘lt reminds me of straw.’ (p. 89) If we wish to long for God with our whole heart we must build within ourselves a cell where solitude reigns. We must come face to face with ourselves and with God in utter openness, in utter receptivity, allowing him freedom to reveal himself as he wishes, when he wishes, without any preconceived ideas of what we wish...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
GOD ALONE IS GOD [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1995

GOD ALONE IS GOD Our first step for advancing into deeper prayer has to be a lively conviction that God alone is God. It is he who has given us all our talents, our very existence. It is God omnipresent in whom we live and move and have our being (Ac. 17:28). We are not the center of our being or of our prayer. God in his awesome transcendence and ultimacy as our Supreme Being is alone worthy of the complete sacrifice of ourselves to his glory. Prayer is ultimately the surrender of ourselves totally to God for his own sake and glory. The greatest gift we can give as we discover our true, unique self in Christ is a loving, self-surrendering presence to the Trinity in truth and in love. Jesus remained in the loving presence of God the Father as he sought always to please him. We should strive earnestly to imitate our Savior in this, his greatest talent. All of our spiritual gifts and talents have meaning only if our prayer becomes affectively and effectively a daily self-surrender to ...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
PRAYER AS REFLECTION [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1995

PRAYER AS REFLECTION Before we can reach deeper prayer of the heart we must be grounded in God’s truth as revealed in his scriptural Word as well as in his Church’s Tradition and teaching. We use our intellect and reasoning powers to reflect in meditation on the revealed truths of our faith. The goal of this activity in prayer is to direct our affections and our will toward union with the Trinity who is present to us as the self-giving persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We communicate unto communion with the Trinity by pondering our relationship with God both in the content of revelation and in our response to his truth.

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Source: Boston College
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MOVING INTO THE KAIROS [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1995

MOVING INTO THE KAIROS It must be pointed out that we cannot limit our meditation with the boundaries of earthly time or measure how long we meditate before we move into that deeper, quieter state of reflection called contemplative prayer. We read in the life of St. Teresa of Avila that she found it very difficult even in the beginning years of her formation to stay with formal meditation. God gave her early in her religious life the ability to come into his presence without too much intellectual reflection. It is important to realize that we will gradually enter into the kairos or timelessness of God himself. What Jesus said and did as recorded in the Gospels is now our deepening prayer of faith, hope, and love. Life takes on new meaning for us as we realize by the Holy Spirit that we are encountering Jesus who “is the same today as he was yesterday and as he will be for ever” (Heb. 13:8).

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Source: Boston College
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A SIMPLIFIED PRESENCE OF GOD [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1995

A SIMPLIFIED PRESENCE OF GOD As one moves into the simple presence of Jesus Christ, there is a great peace and tranquility. Often, intense affections may surge up with an ardent yearning to be more intimately united with him and the heavenly Father through the Spirit. God seems to be everywhere, even outside of concentrated prayer alone with God. It is in this stage of development that many well-intentioned persons believe they have already entered into contemplative prayer. An evolution is taking place. It is a foretaste of what is to come, yet this is not contemplative prayer. There is a “letting go” of controlling power while anew sensitivity to God’s presence and loving activity takes over. It is anew plateau of awareness of God’s presence. Whether there are warm consolations or just dryness and distractions with a seeming loss of God’s presence as it was formerly experienced, a deep, abiding peace and joy is retained.

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Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
MOVING INTO CONTEMPLATION [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1995

MOVING INTO CONTEMPLATION The movement from discursive, meditational prayer characterized by our own controlled activity to a more contemplative stance before God is seen in our readiness to surrender to God’s activity in our life. St. John of the Cross gives us three signs that the Spirit is leading us into the prayer of the heart: 1. The first sign is the realization that we are not receiving satisfaction or comfort from discursive meditation as before. 2. The second sign is a disinclination to fix the imagination or sense faculties upon particular objects, exterior or interior. 3. The third and surest sign is the desire to remain alone in loving awareness of God without discursive activities or particular considerations, in interior peace and quiet and repose (The Ascent of Mount Carmel: Bk. 2, ch. 13).

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Source: Boston College
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SOME GUIDELINES [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1995

SOME GUIDELINES As in our human friendships, so in our increasing oneness with God some principles and guidelines help us to grow properly in greater loving union with the Trinity. 1. The most basic principle is to remember that we do not enter into contemplative prayer on any given day and remain statically fixed in a union with God that is henceforth unchanging. One does not abandon oneself completely to God in a given moment, with no need to return to discursive thought about God. At times meditation is desirable, especially during the time of an intensive retreat. 2. The mere emptying of one’s mind of all thought into a state of inner “void” cannot always be construed automatically as a superior state of contemplative prayer. Such vacuity can be self-induced and can bring about an unhealthy withdrawal from reality. 3. The true test of whether we are surrendering our own ideas of and wordy speeches to God in prayer and are going deeper into the darkness of faith to meet our livin...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
Page 10 Advertisements [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1995
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Page 10 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1995

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Source: Boston College
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Masthead [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 March 1995

INSCAPE MARCH, 1995

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Untitled [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 March 1995

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: 3 isa May the mercies of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all through this season of Lent, which begins on March Ist. This holy, liturgical season is a blessed time for us whereby the Church calls us to enter more deeply into “prayer and fasting.” We must also die to our self-centeredness in order to partake more fully in new healing through the paschal victory of Jesus risen. Lent was always easy for most of us to handle on the physical level. We “gave up” such external activities as smoking, drinking alcohol, eating meat or chocolate, seeing movies, etc. As one grows in greater union with God through contemplation, Lent should become a challenge to move deeper into a purification of one’s psyche and spirit How most of us fear to go deeper into our hidden selves, into the darkness, brokenness, the not-yet where we habitually fail to discipline ourselves to the healing power of th...

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Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
PEBBLES & ROCKS ON THE INNER JOURNEY [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 March 1995

PEBBLES & ROCKS ON THE INNER JOURNEY St. Teresa of Avila was once ordered to write a book on contemplative prayer. Her response was bold: ....there are more than enough books written on prayer already. For the love of God, let me get on with my spinning and go to the choir and do my religious duties like the other sisters. ( Castle ) She had no desire to write about an issue that so many books of the 16th century had already thoroughly covered. Asa writer myself, I share Teresa’s concern about not being able to write anything new. Yet we must constanly present “old” ideas on prayer and spiritual growth in the hope that they will be understood anew by our readers as they are practiced in daily life. For this reason I have chosen Pebbles & Rocks on the Inner Journey as our first Lenten teaching. Our journey inward is not only a Lenten exercise—it is the reason for and purpose of this earthly life as well as the eternal life to come. The Israelites who journeyed...

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Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
PURIFICATION OF OUR EGO-CENTERED TENDENCIES [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 March 1995

PURIFICATION OF OUR EGO-CENTERED TENDENCIES The greatest fruit of true prayer is that, by accepting the Trinity’s love dwelling within us, we can daily cooperate with God to purify ourselves of all ego-centered tendencies. At first this exposes a seemingly negative side of Christian asceticism. Our ego-centered tendencies come from our disordered appetites. We are in great need of God’s strength and the Holy Spirit’s discernment as we purify ourselves with sincerity and courage. Through our genetic lineage and our human environment, our present identity has been falsely created. Thus, we must be purified or transformed by the active, intimate, indwelling love of the Trinity. We cannot belong to Jesus Christ, as he himself taught us, unless we are ready to crucify all our self-indulgent passions and desires.

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Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
CHRISTIAN MEANING OF HUMAN PASSIONS [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 March 1995

CHRISTIAN MEANING OF HUMAN PASSIONS “Passion,” according to Christian spiritual writers, relates to the sinful condition in which all humans find themselves on this earth. It does not refer to the God-given intellectual perceptive and volitional affective powers along with our strong emotions and other energies of both soul and body. These sacred gifts are to be developed and used to make us whole, loving persons obedient to the liberating guidance of the Holy Spirit. “If we are living now by the Holy Spirit’s power, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives; if we live by the Spirit, let us walk by the Spirit” (Ga. 5:19 ff). That which we strive to obtain through our God-given appetites is also good; in fact, it is “very good” (Gn. 1:31). It is all God’s creation, sustained in being by the uncreated energies of the loving Trinity who gives us all such temporal, natural, sensible, moral, supernatural, and spiritual goods. It is a sacramental symbol of God-Tr...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
PASSIONLESSNESS [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 March 1995

PASSIONLESSNESS The struggle on our part is to bring all our God-given passions into an inner peace to be transformed. With a tranquility of spirit, soul, and body by the holistic integration of all our senses, emotions, and faculties the Holy Spirit is able to infuse into our spirit the highest gifts of contemplation. This phenomenon is described in my book, The Breath of the Mystic. Apatheia is the Greek Fathers’ word to describe a state of physical, psychical and spiritual silencing of all desires outwardly toward any object to possess it in self-love. The disciplined detachment taught by all spiritual directors in regard to higher contemplation is the removal of all selfcenteredness in our desires and the placing of all our desires under the one dominating desire of God’s directing will. This allows us then to desire the things of the world in the best possible way, according to God’s measure and not our own egoistic manner of exploitation out of self-love. (p. 143) Such “passio...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
DARKNESS BEFORE THE DAWN [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 March 1995

DARKNESS BEFORE THE DAWN Lent is an excellent time to recommit ourselves and realize that, before we can enter the Promised Land of transforming love and deepest union with God, so much desert remains yet to be traversed. We must undergo so many excruciating sufferings and inner purifications. God, the Divine Physician, knows each one of us to be unique. He knows what needs to be silenced in our hearts and what needs to be transformed into greater union with the indwelling Trinity. Yet, from the common teachings of the great Christian mystics we can learn what awaits us if we only have the courage to continue our march through our own inner deserts. We will suffer most intensely when we are utterly convinced that we have been loving to others and in return we receive only indifference or even abuse from them. Our very love of Christ may well provide the occasion for our suffering of rebukes and humiliations. Often good and loving fellow Christians—a local pastor, members of our fami...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
THE DARK NIGHT [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 March 1995

THE DARK NIGHT No persecutions or trials we experience from the outside can ever compare to the inner purifications that we must undergo in order to reach that point of integration where we are —in every thoughL word and deed —completely surrendered to God. The great Christian mystics, our advance scouts in the desert of life, liken such inner purification of the senses and the inner faculties of soul and spirit to a struggle in the darkest of nights against inner adversaries. In fact, these struggles are compared to a descent into hell itself. Such purification admits of many degrees of intensity. But Christ teaches us that the Father purifies and prunes those whom he loves in order that they may bring forth greater fruit (Jn. 15:2). All true “athletes” of the desert know that love of God and neighbor is proved by deeds. We can actively suffer in loving service toward others. Yet, the most important sufferings are not those we “do” but those we undergo by God’s more direct involvem...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
DEEPER PURIFICATION OF OUR SENSES AND SPIRIT [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 March 1995

DEEPER PURIFICATION OF OUR SENSES AND SPIRIT One of the great masters of “dark-night” purification is St. John of the Cross. He explains the reason why God in his great love for us deprives us of his consolations and leads us into a deeper purification of our senses and spirit: It should be known, then, that God nurtures and caresses the soul, after it has been resolutely converted to his service, like a loving mother who warms her child with the heat of her bosom, nurses it with good milk and tender food, and carries and caresses it in her arms. But as the child grows older, the mother withholds her caresses and hides her tender love; she rubs bitter aloes on her sweet breast and sets the child down from her arms, letting it walk on its own feet so that it may put aside the habits of childhood and grow accustomed to greater and more important things. (The Dark Night, Bk. I, Ch. 1) We are being called by God to love him solely for himself, and not for his gifts. Deeper into our hear...

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Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
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