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A LETTING GO IN PRAYER [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 November 1992

A LETTING GO IN PRAYER We already touched on the first two types of beginning prayer: discursive meditation and affective prayer. In the October teaching we developed the beginning stages of contemplative prayer that we called the prayer of faith or the prayer of the heart. As you learn to yield your aggressive activity both in prayer and in your daily actions, gentleness and docility to the indwelling presence of God Trinity take over in your prayer life. There is a "letting go" of your own powers. Anew sensitivity, anew listening to God's presence and loving activity within you and around you takes place. You seem to be living on anew plateau of awareness of God's presence. The Holy Spirit has poured into your heart a deeper infusion of faith, hope, and love so that whether you find yourself in ardent consolation or aridity, there seems to be a deeper, abiding peace and joy. An new inner awareness that God is present, which has not come from your own rational powers but from the H...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
PARTICULAR PROBLEMS [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 November 1992

PARTICULAR PROBLEMS Each stage of prayer has its own particular problems. Yet there is a commonly recurring movement that repeats itself. St. Gregory of Nyssa of the 4th century described it as a three-fold movement from light to shadow to darkness. At each stage within a given main stage of prayer development you can find a similarity of trials and conflicts, problems and consolations that will vary only in intensity. Let us examine some of these key problematic areas that cut across all stages of prayer-development, remembering as we do that prayer is a very personal relationship between you and God. Hence your prayer development will not be exactly that of mine or someone else. Prayer can be learned, not from books or through advice, but only in the actual process of praying as God's Spirit teaches us in our weaknesses (Rm. 8:26-27). Ultimately prayer is synonymous with the level of love that you have attained in self-surrender to the all-ness of God in your life. Still some guid...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
DISCOURAGEMENT [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 November 1992

DISCOURAGEMENT Perhaps the greatest obstacle in your prayer life comes from discouragement. This can take many forms and can be the result of many problem areas in your prayer. We can readily understand why we must be constantly on our guard to fight discouragement in prayer since we are dealing with a relationship between ourselves and God in an atmosphere of faith. We grow in prayer to the degree that we receive the infusion from the Holy Spirit of faith, hope, and love. This type of rarefied existence is hardly "natural" to us. We are bom with a propensity to take charge of our lives, to make decisions with ourselves as the center of focus. To go to prayer daily and seek constantly throughout our day to surrender in faith to the loving presence of God whom we cannot see with our senses is a wearing process that tears down our bodies and brings discouragement to our minds. Even when we honestly and sincerely are trying to grow in prayer and cooperate with the movements of the Holy...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
DISTRACTIONS [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 November 1992

DISTRACTIONS Distractions are anything on a body, soul, or spirit level that enters into our communication and communion with God. Voluntarily or involuntarily willed by us, they prevent us from being attentive in faith, hope, and love to God. Distractions tend to dissipate our attention away from God and therefore defeat the prime purpose of prayer, namely, to lift up our minds and hearts to God in loving surrender and adoration. Most distractions are considered by spiritual writers as involuntarily arising from our mental concentration in praying to God in faith. We see how we experience distractions in most of our mental work, even outside of formal prayer activity. Our mind is racing at a very rapid rate of brain-wave activity as we employ our imagination and understanding to make contact with God. For example, placing ourselves prayerfully in the presence of Jesus in a boat on the Sea of Galilee, we soon find ourselves restfully floating on a boat in Hawaii! Or in a light dream...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
SOME OTHER REASONS FOR DISTRACTIONS [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 November 1992

SOME OTHER REASONS FOR DISTRACTIONS This state of prayer invites distractions, especially from psychic material that has been stored up in our unconscious for years. One would be naive, knowing the laws of nature, not to agree that there would be many thoughts, like idle reveries, daydreams, even sexual feelings that could distract us from prayer by influencing the entire body powerfully. Distractions can come also from outside of ourselves. Atmospheric conditions can affect our bodies and minds, setting up distracting thoughts that make it difficult to focus upon God in prayer. Noises around us, in church or in our room when we pray, can often disturb us and take us away from adoring God with full concentration. Voluntary distractions, that is, any distracting thought or element outside of us that we freely and deliberately focus upon with attention, will put an end to true prayer. The agent willing to be taken away from praying to God is ourselves. Prayer ceases when we sincerely ...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
HOW YOU CAN HANDLE DISTRACTIONS [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 November 1992

HOW YOU CAN HANDLE DISTRACTIONS How can we handle distractions? How can we minimize their effects? A. One important element in prayer that will control or limit many of the ordinary distractions that come from outside and even from within our minds is immediate preparation for our period of prayer. We should seek to be reverent in prayer, controlling our external senses, placing our body in a relaxed but prayerful attitude. B. We should always enter into our period of prayer with a purifying intention focusing on what we are about to do. Namely, we wish, in spite of what distractions may come involuntarily, to adore God and to be "present" in loving surrender to his majesty. C. When involuntary distractions take us away from God's presence in prayer, we should gently and firmly move back into the faith orbit by centering upon God's presence. We cease to pray when we focus our attention upon fighting the distraction. Often we can gently turn the distraction toward God in a plea of hu...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
DRYNESS [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 November 1992

DRYNESS Everyone who has entered into a daily form of interior prayer will sooner or later experience aridity or dryness. This is a state in which our former sensible and spiritual consolations, the affections experienced in prayer, seem to disappear. In varying intensity, dryness seems to be a dark cloud that covers the inner light of God's warming presence. Prayer becomes increasingly difficult as you struggle to become present to him again. Dryness can be the result of deliberate negligence on your part remotely or proximately to put God at the center of your life. This is the first thing to check in seeking for the cause of aridity in your prayer. Through self-reflection with purity of heart in the presence of God, you can readily discover whether any self-centeredness has crept into your relationship with God. Such dryness, when it has not been allowed to develop over a long period of laziness or attachment to persons, places, or things, can easily be dispelled by a sincere and...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
A MOVEMENT TOWARD THE DESERT [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 November 1992

A MOVEMENT TOWARD THE DESERT If you have enjoyed your prayer-time before God and gradually find that, even though you have been reasonably faithful in controlling your attachments, you are consistently in a state of aridity before God, this can be the indication that God's Spirit is leading you away from a lower level of prayer where you were quite active. Now God is asking you to give up your rational activity, to give up using your imagination, words, even affections that are multiplied and varied, and to move into a greater simplification in prayer. Here, faith and abandonment are more intensely exercised on your part. When your prayer becomes more simplified, you may have doubts that you are really praying. There are few concrete acts to fall back upon to give you any certitude that you are accomplishing anything or that you really are praying. You surely are not praying as you did before and this may be a sign of great progress in your prayer-life. Your activity consists now in...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
GOD IS PURGING YOU TO BRING FORTH FRUIT [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 November 1992

GOD IS PURGING YOU TO BRING FORTH FRUIT Through this drying up of words, images, and even feelings, God is "purging" and detaching you from your own control over him. You no longer are using God in prayer for the grand feelings that you receive or the keen insights that you can then use in your teaching or preaching or sharing, God is rendering you humble and sincere, emptied and chastened. St. John of the Cross describes God's intention in such purgation: "Since God puts a soul in this dark night in order to dry up and purge its sensory appetite, He does not allow it to find sweetness or delight in anything" (The Dark Night, p. 313). God is calling you to himself without any of the crutches of feeling, images, words, but through purified faith. Prayer is not something we do. It is reaching the presence of God as he loves us with his uncreated energies of triadic love and then surrendering totally to his dominance.

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
A WHITE MARTYRDOM [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 November 1992

A WHITE MARTYRDOM The life of incessant prayer or of continued and conscious selfsurrender to God through total abandonment to his holy will was always considered by the early Fathers of the desert as a second martyrdom, a "white" martyrdom. It is only in such trials that one truly enters into genuine prayer. The trials must be endured with patience and a constant crying out to God to become one's protector and stronghold against the enemies’ attacks. There can be no authentic prayer on any deep, interior level unless such prayer flows from humility. And such giants of Christian prayer as the Fathers of the desert taught that humility was learned, not by studying the qualities of such a virtue, but in the battle. Virtues are acquired through suffering. St. Isaac of Syria expressed it: "He who flees suffering is sure to be parted from virtue; if you desire virtue, give yourself up to every kind of suffering. For suffering engenders humility. Until we have attained true knowledge, we ...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
THE DARK NIGHT [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 November 1992

THE DARK NIGHT Whether God is actually willing or permitting those lamentable hidden forces within you and the demonic powers from without, the truth is that all of your false self must be put to death and God be recognized as supreme in your life. You must understand the depths of your own weakness that can so easily turn into spiritual pride and take you away from God. This is a most important topic that we must explore in greater depth in future teachings.

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
Page 10 Advertisements [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 November 1992
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Page 10 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 November 1992

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INSCAPE [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 November 1992

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Masthead [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1992

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Untitled [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1992

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: May the mercies of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be always with you! The true essence of Christmas grew out of the Christian faith that God loves us as to give us the gift of his only begotten Son so we might share in his triune divine life (Jn. 3:16). At Christmas, despite the shopping for weeks, the wrapping of packages, and the exhausting travel to be with loved ones, we surely enjoy receiving gifts from others who, like God, wish to be "present" to us in complete loving oneness. Yet, how difficult it is not to be sucked into a pagan spirit of consumerism, that spiritual smog which can cause us deadly spiritual sickness. Through worldly values we can easily forget the original Christian meaning of Christmas and the true spirit of exchanging gifts with each other. December also brings into our liturgical season the spirit of Advent, an excitement over the recurring promise of the birth o...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
PRAYER IS ALWAYS A LOVING PRESENCE TO OTHERS [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1992

PRAYER IS ALWAYS A LOVING PRESENCE TO OTHERS God so loved this world that he gave us his only begotten Son so that we would believe in him and experience his closeness and oneness with us, in order that we might not "perish” but have everlasting life (Jn. 3:16). This is the incredibly good news that God is "toward us" and for us. If God is love by his very nature (1 Jn. 4:8), then he activates that love by wishing to share his very being with us intimately as an abiding presence. If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him. (Jn. 14:23)

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
BEING A PRESENT TO OTHERS [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1992

BEING A PRESENT TO OTHERS It is quite natural that you think of giving presents to your loved ones and friends. What is a present except your desire to extend yourself through the symbol of the gift into the being of the other? You are saying in the gift given: "I want to be a presence of self-giving to you. Accept me, please, as a part of your life, your well-being, your happiness." God says that to us in the feast of Christmas, the Incarnation of the Word of God made flesh for love of us. He now, as a Trinitarian family, can be forever Emmanuel-" God among us"-through Jesus Christ. God has pitched his tent among us (Jn. 1:14), and now in Jesus will forever be a living and infinitely loving presence to us. The mystery of being a presence to another admits of many levels of selfgiving to the other. You have surely experienced many times the movement from absence toward presence as you met a stranger on a plane, train, or wherever providence brought you, and allowed that person to di...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
BECOMING PRESENT TO ANOTHER [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1992

BECOMING PRESENT TO ANOTHER Such a mystery of presence cannot be forced nor can it be understood and willed for any pragmatic motive. Just as we could not force God to give us his Son, Jesus Christ, so we cannot force any human person to gift us with his/her love. This gift of presence admits of various levels of becoming present to the other as two people move away from the controlled object-object relationship into the movement of one toward the other as toward a possible other-self. Availability is the act by which you incline yourself freely to become a presence to another. Being a presence toward another admits of great intensity, depending on how unselfishly you wish to give yourself in loving service to the other in both affective and effective love. Passing acquaintances usually do not develop into deep presences. For the development of deep presence between two persons, time and intimate sharing are necessary. Deep love presence is rooted in a desire to live for the other's...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
AN I-THOU MUTUALITY [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1992

AN I-THOU MUTUALITY Such a love presence takes place in a mutuality, in an I-Thou relationship as two interchange the gift of each other. Such a presence is intensified as you do not selfishly look for anything in return. There is a mutual gifting which becomes all the stronger when you forget about the returned gift and concentrate only on the gift of yourself to the other.

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