Window of Quiet Prayer – Ignatian Spirituality

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As I’ve grown extra absolutely into center age, I discover that my prayer has grow to be a lot quieter. Years in the past once I was first launched to Ignatian imaginative prayer, my prayers have been lengthy and infrequently elaborate, filled with pictures each Biblical and private. Often I’ve gone again to learn my journals from these earlier years, and I’m shocked by how a lot there may be to put in writing about in every prayer: what Jesus is doing or saying in a Gospel scene, what Peter or Mary or Martha is doing, my position in within the scene, and sensory components of the scene. As I grew older, although, my prayers grew shorter and extra to the purpose.

Imaginative prayer grew to become extra like an entryway into peculiar dialog with Jesus, with the message from Jesus typically temporary: “Be type,” “Let go,” or, “I like you.” As I half-joked with a retreat director, as an educational I have a tendency to put in writing and communicate in lengthy sentences, however one signal that it’s Jesus and never me talking in prayer is he speaks in brief sentences, ones that sink into my bones and being.

My prayer has grown a lot quieter now, so quiet, generally, that I’ve questioned what is occurring. The place have all of the phrases gone? It’s not been the dryness or feeling deserted by God—and I can pray imaginatively or converse with Jesus if I need. And, after all, I pray utilizing phrases at Mass or studying Psalms within the morning. However one thing has shifted essentially; I now take pleasure in contemplative prayer most frequently. It’s an adjustment to take a seat in silence and let God be.

This summer time whereas on retreat, I used to be gazing by means of a transparent, well-cleaned window overlooking a large and delightful garden and backyard. I might see the sky, the ocean, flowers, bushes, and an occasional rabbit hopping by. It occurred to me that it’s as a result of the window is clear that we will see the world by means of it for what it’s; translucency lets mild by means of. Silence in prayer could be like that. When prayer turns into quieter and extra clear, then all the pieces else is allowed to be what it’s, no much less and no extra.

That may not sound very thrilling, in comparison with an intricate imaginative prayer. But all the pieces is illuminated with God’s presence, albeit in a subtler approach. A stupendous tree remains to be a phenomenal tree, one which exhibits God’s work by means of creation with none phrases. The psalmist reminds us that, wordlessly, “The heavens are telling the glory of God.” (Psalm 19:1) The psalmist was speaking about contemplative prayer. Watching a dawn, it’s good to let go of phrases, let go of our considerations and our egos, and simply be with God, with out the fuss.

What if we introduced that very same angle to everybody and all the pieces else in our lives? We will then maybe extra simply find God in all things once we encounter them by means of that sheer clear window of silence and allow them to be what or who they’re: a phenomenal plant, an cute pet, buddy whose presence is sufficient. Most of all, in silence, Jesus is that buddy, the sort that we don’t have to speak with on a regular basis, as a result of we all know the love is there, the place God’s presence past phrases invitations us to “come and relaxation” in him (Matthew 11:28).

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