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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Meditation is a way of meeting God

The book I have been taking to my hour of adoration in the afternoon is Radical Optimism by Beatrice Bruteau. It is not a new book but is one that I have never tired of going over, especially for some of her thoughts. 
Here are a few tidbits from the end of her third chapter on Meditation:
" Meditation is a highly individual affair...Meditation is a way of meeting God. It is not a matter of thinking about someone who is absent. It is engaging someone who is present, indeed supremely present. It is the realization of this presence that is the main point of meditation....Experiencing the presence and reality of God is what it is all about. Anything that can bring you into that is a good meditation."

So, meditation can just be a deep awareness of God present to us; we do not need to do anything once we are aware but let God be God. God will take the initiative if we just sit there and let God love us! As you know, my favorite quote from Thomas Merton is:
"How does an apple ripen? It just sits in the sun."

Try it during this time of "sheltering in place".

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