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Prayer & Union with God

Walter J. Quinn, OSA
Priest Associate, Priests for Life

January 13, 1999
   
 

MK 1:35,  MK 12:30   MK 22:37

8:00 am - St Augustine Monastery,  Nova Scotia,  Canada

IN TODAY’S GOSPEL MK 1:35...”Our Lord went out to a deserted place..& there He prayed.” The Ark of the Covenant was a SYMBOL of God’s Presence among the people.  The Ark was  enshrined In a section of the Temple called ....”the Holy of Holies”...into which ONLY the High Priest was allowed to enter...& then only ONCE a year!

THIS SYMBOLISM seems to point to....TWO CONTRADICTORY notions.....of a God Who is Unapproachable....Sublime....Majestic...& All Holy.  We call this God’s RANSCENDANCE. On the other hand...we s peak of the NEARNESS of God...& all His Abiding Presence among His People.   We call this God’s IMMANANCE.

THESE IDEAS of God are just as true today...as they were among the Jews of old.  The Supreme ALL Holy, all Mighty God, the “totally other Lord”, is also the EMMANUEL, the God Who Is with us, dwelling not only in our Tabernacles, but also in our INNER bEING 1JN 14:17    “for He (the Holy Spirit) dwells with you....and shall be IN you.” 1JN 14:16-17

“I will ask the Father...& He will give you another ADVOCATE...to dwell with you forever.”

1COR 3:16-17   “you are the Temple of God...& the Spirit of God dwells IN you.”  “Holy is

the Temple of God...& this Temple you are.

THE CHURCH HAS ALWAYS TAUGHT that...Christ is IN us by His Grace...AND...He is also..IN us....IN & BY the HOLY EUCHARIST.   God Himself is the Life-Giving Energy that ANIMATES our Bodies...& Souls...just as He breathed life into Adam & Eve....when He created them out of nothing!   And so St Paul writes in  ACTS 17:28...In Him we live...move & have our being.”

TO BE ACUTELY AWARE of God’s Divine Presence within us...is the Essence & Recognition of God’s Love for us, a Gift of the Almighty.....who is LOVE ITSELF.   We may think God is far away at times.  Some may forget God entirely...but God is still present IN us by His Power, Providence...& His Omnipresence.

THERE IS AN PNEUMONIC device to help us remember the FOUR kinds or types of PRAYER: A.C.T.S....Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving & Supplication.  We can all turn to God & pray more often to Adore, Thank & Praise God...& tell Him we are Sorry for all our Sins.

WHEN WE PRAY...we lift up our Minds & Hearts to the ALL HOLY GOD.  PRAYER is simply TALKING TO GOD.  It is called  FORMAL Prayer such as the Our Father or Hail Mary etc. It is called INFORMAL PRAYER  when we USE OUR OWN WORDS...Vocal.....or Silent.  OUR PRAYERS SHOULD BE:    Simple, Persevering, Direct, Honest, Trustworthy...not too....Self-centered or Selfish...&...not Harmful to our Soul......or to our ETERNAL SALVATION.

                    MK 1:35  “ HE WENT OFF TO A DESERTED PLACE...& THERE HE PRAYED.”

                                      WE TOO NEED A PRIVATE PLACE TO PRAY.....

              A SPECIAL PLACE & TIME FOR PRAYER....WHERE GOD IS OUR SOLE CONC

   
 
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