Sunday, April 26, 2009

Lectio Divina - Thirty-six

Henri Nouwen. The Only Necessary Thing: Living a Prayerful Life. New York: Crossroad, 1999, p. 30.

It is God’s passionate pursuit of us that calls us to prayer. Prayer comes from God’s initiative, not ours. It might sound shocking, but it is biblical to say: God wants us more than we want God!

So who is more in need of our prayers: we or God? God is. Who wants to be heard most: we or God? God does. And who “suffers” more from our lack of prayer: we or God? I say it in awe but without fear: God does.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Lectio Divina - Thirty-five

From The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks. New York: HarperCollins, 1995, p. 13.

Lo, I am with you always means when you look for God,

God is in the look of your eyes,

in the thought of looking, nearer to you than your self,

or things that have happened to you.

There’s no need to go outside.

Be melting snow.

Wash yourself of yourself.

A white flower grows in the quietness.

Let your tongue become that flower.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Lectio Divina - Thirty-four

Seyyed Hossein Nasr. “The Wisdom of the Body” in Religion and the Order of Nature, Oxford University Press: New York, 1996.

As long as we consider the body as a mere machine, it is not possible to take seriously the religious understanding of the order of nature nor to live in harmony with it.  To rediscover the body as the theater of Divine Presence and manifestation of Divine Wisdom as well as an aspect of reality that is at once an intimate part of our being and a part of the natural order is to reestablish a bridge between ourselves and the world of nature beyond the merely physical and utilitarian.  To rediscover the body as the abode of the Spirit, worthy of Resurrection before the Lord, and intimate companion in the soul’s journey in this world, sacred in itself and in the life which permeates it, is to rediscover at the same time the sacredness of nature.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Lectio Divina - Thirty-three

Max Picard. The World of Silence. Wichita, Kansas: Eighth Day Press, 2002, p.110.

Animals are creatures that lead silence through the world of man and language and are always putting silence down in front of man.  Many things that human words have upset are set at rest again by the silence of animals.  Animals move through the world of words like a caravan of silence  . . . A whole world, that of nature and that of animals, is filled with silence.  Nature and animals seem like protuberances of silence.  The silence of animals and the silence of nature would not be so great and noble if it were merely a failure of language to materialize.  Silence has been entrusted to the animals and to nature as something created for its own sake.