Being Alone with God
All good meditative prayer is a conversion of our entire self to God. One cannot, then, enter into meditation, in this sense, without a kind of inner upheaval. By upheaval I do not mean a disturbance, but a breaking out of routine, a liberation of the heart from the cares and preoccupations of one’s daily business.
The reason why so few people apply themselves seriously to mental prayer is precisely that this inner upheaval is necessary, and they are usually incapable of the effort required to make it. It may be that they lack generosity, and it may also be that they lack direction and experience, and go about it the wrong way.
But as soon as a person is fully disposed to be alone with God, he is alone with God no matter where he may be—in the country, the monastery, the woods, or the city. And at the same instant the infinite liberty of God flashes in the depths of that person’s soul, and he is illumined. At that moment, he sees that though he seems to be in the middle of his journey, he has already arrived at the end. For the life of grace on earth is the beginning of the life of glory. Although he is a traveler in time, he has opened his eyes—for a moment—in eternity.
—Thoughts in Solitude
Prepared by Steve Mueller, author of the Catechist's Guide to Reading Your Bible: A Catholic View. Order today!