Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Keeping in touch with God
So for me, the discovery of the Jesus Prayer addresses those concerns, and gives me a wonderul means of staying in tough with God, and keeping connected throughout the day.
In "Living the Jesus Prayer" it seems that Irma Zalewski has been there before me. This is what she says about desiring the presence of God:
"The desire ceaseless prayer is really the desire to experience the presence of God, a longing to know that, in Jesus, God truly lives in us, is always there for us. One of the great tragedies of our lives, and the lives of so many Christians, is not to experience that presence. That is why, so often, our faith does not become truly real for us. We do what is required of us, but our hearts are not touched, we do not know the joy of it.
And yet, this is why God became incarnate in Christ, why he suffered, died and rose again, why he sent us the Holy Spirit - to be always present with us. This is the meaning of the mystery of his mystical Body, the Church. This is the meaning of the sacraments, the meaning of our salvation in Jesus, of teh coming of the Kingdom, of the promise of heaven. Our religion surely does not make sense unless it opens us to this immense, glorious mystery of God's presence in the world, and in our own deepest self, unless it offers us the way to enter this mystery and experience it every moment of our lives.
How can this desire for the presence of God be fulfilled? Only through prayer..(the Jesus Prayer) is a simple way of being in the presence of God....we can practise it anywhere, at any time."
"Living the Jesus Prayer: Irma Zaleski (pages 28-29)