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Saturday, March 7, 2020

The intimacy of Christ

I read this today and want to share it.

In his moving spiritual exercises written under the direction of Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Thuận recounts how he survived that long ordeal by calling to mind the intimacy of Christ at all times.

He reminds us that most things we think we need—and certainly everything we think we want—come from glancing nervously around at others. Aside from food and water, the one needful thing is the grace of God, which is poured out to us in exactly the same amount as we allow God to pour it out to others through ourselves.

—Tim Muldoon, author of Living Against the Grain
and The Ignatian Workout

Do I call to mind the intimacy of Christ at all times? I want to and that is why interior silence is so important. God wait for us to be aware of His presence within each of us. That is why I find it helpful to say often the little song that I am sure I have shared before, but it is worth repeating:

Breathing in, breathing out,
I am calm, I am smiling.
You in me, I in You,
Present moment, wondrous moment.
Peace to the world, peace to the world.

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