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want this can vary
so just stay a few points to carry over from last time
we mentioned that this awareness of god's presence is just another way of talking about christian love and not only that it's also another way of toy bad christian faith which is a before bug so to speak and which finds its fulfillment in love
but faith for we lived is at least in the biblical perspective is as cleaving to god interest
we sometimes speak of the faith and it's the various doctrines dogmas of the church and we want to affirm that and that is a our act of faith
but face again in the biblical sense is more primarily is cleaving to god this of faith as trust and this is this abiding in god so if we stir up our faith were are being with god
first to fall
oh and that goes deeper than what we might or might not be feeling you're a given time out about lee were feeling ourselves up whatever that even if we're feeling very undeveloped indeed we make that a commitment that act of faith and if it is an ass
at least implicitly then up we're abiding in god if we don't make the conscious explicit decision to separate ourselves from god that deepest level where with god and to the extent that we stir up that faith in it's alive and conscious well that's the same thing is abiding
and god as the same thing as prayer et cetera
our lord says abide in me
and then he not according the gospel of luke he told them a parable that they should pray without ceasing then remember the proud of a parable of the very insistent widow would go and knock on the door of the judge day and night it's federal so this that they ought to pray without ceasing and then some
paul as pray without ceasing so this is a law really for us now that that makes it easier that kind of 'em strengthens reinforces our commitment because again it doesn't depend on are being in a very devout space or wanting to or anything that
rest were just required to pray without ceasing but to not take this as a heavy perfectionist thing but it's there at least as horizon
and in this context just wanted to adopt mentioned three understandings of law this is from a particularly an interesting ah theologian of the reformed tradition of paul tillich but ah and an old show follows our development as we grow
as human beings the first experience of law is his little kids that number one down here his head or on me that's from the greek of no most as law and hetero from outside other coming from elsewhere
so the parents says to the kid you gotta do this the kid might even say why and the princess because i told you so interrupt the kid experiences this as being pushed on the kid from outside and on me outside
then the kid grows gets into these teens and beyond ah finds his or her own identity own said about use individuate is psychology says and then says i'm i'm going to be i'm going to make up my own boss now i'm not going to just do it because mommy or daddy
he said i think it through and i'm going to be the lawmaker for me that goes into autonomy on from oneself comes the law
so this is developmental and usually we're in this kind of dialectic because also the state and the government liaison as all kinds of laws we don't always agree with up so we go back and forth between hetero enemy and autonomy between obeying those laws that are laid on us from outside
side that we may or may not appreciate and then wanting to be a law and to ourself
but when the moment of grace come such indicated in blue here were carried to a new level of law and that's of fiano me that is the law of god this is the law written in our hearts sit with this is the law according to which we were created this is the law therefore
for our fulfillment and joy and peace
now that goes beyond heterarchy
in a way it's certainly a trend centers so we don't just make out so it's different from autonomy and the one hand
some in a sense it has some the characteristics of heterarchy but not in the oppressive scares were that issues coming from other mortals we're fallible well this is the love of god and it's different from autonomy it's like autonomy in the sensors comes right out of our own hearts and td comes from
those deepest reaches of weekend even accessed of our heart of our the are you
ah some this is the fulfillment of this dialectic this thesis antithesis scared were interested so when our lord says pray without ceasing were abide in me it's this kind of law it's not hitter on t just stop and cruelly lay anonymous is heavy
burden it's not autonomy i going do because i want to it comes from yarn but it comes from the deepest center so to think of their so binding and god as fulfilling our will have also because this is our deepest assured and but also fulfilling our duty are of most primary
your duty
oh so when we lived as tiana me of abiding in god we're coming home we're doing finally what we most want to do were being finally are who we most deeply want to be that is that person
serenely joyfully fully in communion with god augustus has a very eloquently you have made us for yourself or god and we are restless till we rest to you that's that fianna me so prayer we said is lots of things but it's primarily being
who we truly are
ah doing what we most profoundly wish to do but when we say who we are now which we is that thomas merton makes an interesting distinction i think between the true self and the fog self the false self as the ego is that
me as distinct from you and me is rather more important and intelligent than you and me who's going to the center of the world
that's the fault shelf and the phone shelf can also get into religion like it's very dangerous indeed so i want to abide in god i want to be always with god percents the perfect way and i want to be perfect and i want to be a greater st the new etc etc so we can bring the whole eagle baggage into spirituality
and this gets painful because we're just to where something's not right here so benedict says the way into god is a way of humility so as we go deeper and deeper into humility were more profoundly united with god but they shouldn't be the kind of supreme ego trip you know i were to be always with god
i never forget god or anything like that britain has one a little book up the birds of appetite we just crave you know in madison avenue feeds are so we want bigger cars and bigger houses and pence your clothes more expensive watches when some of us get into the
a religion track where we want bigger gracious and more gifts and dance be a bigger st etc well it's all that craving that total kind of but if we can go back to the humility if we can find this truest self within which
is the self that some free the self that feels inadequate self it's very aware that i'm mortal the week area in me when i week than i am strong
i it's that paradox paradoxes all the way through the new testament
so up to this point that we abide in god not out of are you know i'm something special so that i'm always praying or something like that but it's a i'm i'm so needy that i need to be a with god always it's that wonderful little way
i have sinned teresa bless you and this can save us from up all kinds of problems so fuck while the pharisees jesus is time we have a ferocious gospel today against viruses so this is the way to go there are a beautiful
passage in merton about this deepest center within us
ah because the plant years this virtual point within us is it our deepest self is it christ abiding in as is the it the divine spark some of the mystic say up was kind of all of this but it's at this deepest level that we want to
attain true compunction true humility moving beyond ego dying to the old cell st paul uses the language of the old self and the new self the self the old adam and self in christ so it's at this level that we abide in god
if it's in that other level it'll just be a kind of a nervous straining end up wanting that others know when all that but at this level there is a peace and there's finally a liberty to be observed also a small hampton so fragile as we in fact our
again that expression the plant the edge i cannot translate it comes in here
at the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion of point of pure truth a point or spark which belongs entirely to god which is never at our disposal from which god disposes are
inaccessible to the fantasies of our own mind or the brutalities of our own will
this little point of nothingness and an absolute poverty is the pure glory of god in us
it is so to speak his name written in us as our poverty as are need as our dependence
it is like a pure diamond blazing with the invisible light of heaven it is in everybody and if we could see it we would see these billions of points of light coming together in the face and blaze of a son that would make all the darkness and cruelty of life vanished completely
i have no program for their seen it is only given but the gate of heaven is everywhere
so it's a beautiful poetic passage of many the mystics would agree with but this then this kate to heaven is everywhere that's where the points of this abiding and god so good i don't really have to feel on top of it all at this moment better fact is better if i don't it's better if of
in humility i turned the god and say well even in this moment of i need to be with you help me or i want to glorify you i want to rejoice in you i want to give thanks whatever it is but just that humility of the prodigal son of continually coming back to the father's house and say lord i not work
the to be your son make me as one of your serpents and then celebrate with a father initially
so that was our introduction now we go into this first dimension of abiding and god which is the most important which is of the specifically christian
here's a design of three basic dimensions of abiding and god or prayer we could add others for these years as the three basics will be talking about so that vertical one up on the left that's liturgy that eucharist that divine office that's also up important divulged
seems like the rosary et cetera that's when we do the an official prayer of the church and then an extremely important part of abiding in god sake if we just read brother lawrence we might remember that were to pray with god and the kitchen and the highways and byways but
somehow we don't relate it to eucharist so he certainly did but if we can rooted in this literature which takes us right up to happen
then there's that's taking in the liturgy and living it in one way or another throughout the whole day and that's the practice of the presence of god throughout the day that's as horizontal line
so of this morning yesterday we had the introduction to the whole thing this morning we'll be looking at the vertical this afternoon at the practice of the present then there's a third dimension when i set aside my own personal time just to be with god and quiet and peace this isn't it
exactly like being with god and the hustle and bustle of the kitchen or a with others or up are you running with me jesus kind of thing is will see that afternoon this is important but this is where i set aside a chunk of time just for god quality face to face i go into the inner room mike
close the door and plug the phone this is just my time with god this isn't liturgy i'm alone in silence this isn't throughout the day again with lots of other things happening this is a third dimension of each one of these dimensions very much strength and see other they're extremely complimentary they're extremely of
mutual mutually reinforcing so up we want the whole package so that are abiding and god may be truly christian and not just so a nasty thing ah
but can also not be constrained are limited just to win were in church but can go throughout the day and also didn't have those special moments words adjust myself and god is that tell basically clear or whatever i've said on wonderful parameters of often
elephant concise as we've been struggling as ourselves dug it out
i am new it'll ruin
we have asked for
this was thomas merton conjectures of a guilty bystanders what raised with her father as page one fifty eight
the night spirit and the dawn air we can say here also get this all comes out of this went here is this virtual point the steepest center
the root of the golf whether it's their g leather strap as the president stood and we said this route is faith christian faith in the sense of trusting in god cleaning to got it's christian but an injustice awareness or sometimes it's prio where oh too trusting
inc
are we are again if we don't make a conscious intention to separate ourselves from god that's very serious sin but if we want throughout the state to do god's will to be with god even in the distracted moments were in fact united with god's will is there a deepest level where we
we remain united with god certainly we do theologically terms of the grace remaining at duff cetera et cetera but is or even a kind of a pre conscious there it's an interesting question
but in any case let's get to the basic christian doctrine of trinity
ah so many mistresses kids presumably the epicenter everything comes from the father would primordial source to vol
free ineffable courting the eastern church the father should not be represented in i cop should not be represented not this is supremely the ineffable the mysterious indescribable but or because up and sometimes premises of
bonus equal civil suing the god
two spontaneous and wants to communicate the guy there is this uttering for a worth
this sharing activity this is already within the life of the holy trinity before even there is a creation there's this mysterious uttering fourth of the buying of the word of wisdom and were knowing his primordial source of are
and of so in love with his father
and the only and the father is so in love with the sun than his fullness of things to himself herself himself of the focus of person and that's the holy spirit and returned the father and then the father through the same by his spirit against us
upon some switch this dynamic ah the greeks and eastern church has a very fancy a return for this following his father's for in the sun was filming the spirit and vice versa it's not a static and dead for waterproof
but this diamonds there's a sense in which god us is a rural so this is the inner life of the trinity now this is expressed quite perfectly in all of salvation history and in eucharist and in literature and in on our own
own personal journey of faith it's all the same dynamic this trinitarian cycle we are created in the image likeness of god redeemed genesis which means we are treating some mysterious way
in any case in salvation history if we pick up the bible what do we have well at the beginning it was gone off and god cluttered this word said let there be light and this word is so powerful that in fact there is light and let there be
bird all manner of creatures etc are this is utter in the spirit and so it's a word that extremely for that brings from all of creation and then remembering genesis there's to holy spirit mysteriously hovering over the waters
and then god takes a little clay molds and and then breeds this spirit is ruined his life his divine life into the clay and that claim comes the living adam and eve
so are the story of creation is his story of this trinitarian dynamic already there any hidden way
and then threw out of god speaks to israel the word sends the spirit to the judges to the our products and moines the king's a gives them a word ah so it is unfolding of
six trinitarian dynamic to it
and then as the letter to the hebrews says at the beginning the decisive moment comes for not a multitude of words in order to the province he's a tender but the word incarnate big sending who is christ
and the word is conceived house concede in skirt so this is the spirit filled word is jesus christ
and then remember in the baptists in the spirit descends by top and the transfiguration the for revelation who wins this christ and look and the young word out of heaven this is my beloved son said to the anointed the messiah and as united with the holy spirit and song it's
all of this yeah what do we do well now we're on his return journey is new passover journey back to the father through christ in the screwed
so whether we look at scripture whether we look at our own life journey to or lectern and talking about churning back to the father through christ in the skirt this is our but if you take the whole long view of it this is what my how many years old the alive that's what it's all if you take any moment any
given moment i want to again returned to the father through christ and the spirit
in a moment of prayer is this dynamic i received my body my i my spirit my consciousness i received faith all as a gift from the father through christ the spirit and now i want to return office in a moment of prayer in a moment of good act
glorified fall to be in communion with the father through christ in the screw every liturgical prayer practically ninety five percent are addressed what to the father heavenly father
address through christ our lord and sometimes he'd been in the spirits which sometimes explicitly only one or two of the members of the trinity sometimes all three but always this trinitarian dynamic and to promote energy and eucharist first of all it
it's the father who gathers as as worshipping community through the word inviting us making this canoe so we start with the liturgy of the word for see that we listen to the word that comes to the word which is good true which is what inspired by the holy spirit whose were god's word god the father
read listened to this and then we do it do this in memory of me so all of scripture a culminates in the paschal mystery of christ's suffering and death hear about that and then we do what we render and present through uber's so then we take the gifts of bread and wine but especially our own
vibes bodies and then we in christ was the one i priest all for all this back to the father and the offertory in the consecration in the holy spirit the famous epic leases prayer which is a prayer that the spirit commun an enemy from within all of the early christian prayer
air and then yeah that guy to enjoy we enjoyed the communion
so here's the word who is christ but as christians we are baptized into christ we are men may members of price so this never lonely trinity now in touched
so as christ now suffer died we need daily to suffer and die to the old self the ego etc
to live a new and the holy spirit to present ourselves with christ to the father christ in the letter the hebrews and in the wonderful ancient art it wrong for instance in the catacombs christ is the one prayer is often presented there is called the of literature's
the one who has his hands extended it's he who at the right end of the father now glorifies the father and eternity of filled with all the spirit so this again is the life within all eternity but it's also the line on extra his life as the trinity revealed
girls themselves himself personal to us and gathers and to the same dynamic leading aspect of her father soon again every little moment of thanksgiving and prayer petition were living this trinitarian dynamic were caught up in
this wonderful ultimate up source and done
and fulfillment of all things is that
so this again is what salvation history is about in scripture this is what my own salvation history is about this is what our community of faith here is all about which your parish life is all about what your family life is all about as christian etc to all of this dynamic were now this kind of situ
weights are are are wanting to abide in god again it's not just agnostic thing have some impersonal divine force or something on how many of you see never star wars kind of the you know the force be with you which had this just
they got energy out there that we want to commune with but it's being incorporated in cries
opening our hearts the fullness of life of the holy spirit going to the father that whole trinitarian thing
and we made not it's not necessary at all in the depths of prayer to have all this consciously present it's it's too much but to know that the richness and fullness of all this is always there and so also the converging of all these elements of word of god of scripture of church
of hierarchy of liturgy of our ministry of works for other of a citizens of the whole thing you summed up in this
and that's up
what abiding is all about we can't be any well where else were christians we can only be in this one salvation history in this one new adam in this one high priest filled with the one holy spirit of a by
demian glorifying ah petitioning god the father
questions comments about any of that yes just been looking at er diagram for a second ah
whereas the christ and word awesome and went in now
in furtherance of the abiding thing parents so saw the christ questions laws we become absolutely body are drawn down absolutely so that's where we are so if we're not abiding of were out of touch with reality because
we are members of christ so that's the body in hitch and head and members which is such a rich a theme in st paul and then again see john uses the other image of the vines pick up for this is a living vine the vine is also wonderful scriptural image
all the way through from the old testament of israel is you always fine and a god goes here tenses vine and dumped so the eucharist as fruit of the vine up so you do all kinds of things with it but you have a basic messages were incorporated into christ so we're incorporate
eating into this dungeon dynamic seeking it's a little like being in a very wonderful on amtrak train compartment and you're moving like crazy and you're with friends and you're just celebrating with the up open wine bottle and the much room etc and you're going ever ever deeper into god the
father through the holy spirit through this energy the spirit that's driving you so it's not again something kind of dead in the water but it's this dynamic so yeah we're in this
compartment who is christ were incorporated into christ and thus the abiding theme as you say a is the only way to make sense of any and of scripture of eucharist of prayer of salvation history of whatever
yes so i'm probably space to act absolutely we're going to see that now yup yeah we are i think most all of us been baptized his kids so we lose some of the force of the baptists and that the early christians had when you were baptized is an adult and for issue and through this long
long rigorous
preparation period we now have a bit of that for with cia with adult but yeah oh so in baptism we descend into the death of christ we rise up into the newness of life of christ and we are an incorporated into christ of
just a couple of quotes from the young that he can to documents
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by the sacrament of baptism a person becomes truly incorporated would have a word put into the body of made one body with the crucified and glorified christ and is reborn to a sharing of the divine light that word sharing this beautiful that comes out of the
greek word koinonia but that's what abiding as about it's sharing in the divine life but in an ongoing way as the apostle says for you were buried together with him in baptism and hit him also rose again to the faith in the working of god raised him up from the dead baptism therefore
constitutes a sacramental bond of unity linking all who have been reborn by means of it to god into one another twist as bond says another up to use the johanna image it's the moment when we are engrafted into the vine so we become one living vine
so another way to put it this is abiding is simply living out our baptism
and this is the primordial sacrament in which were all made
members of crisis by the waves a tremendous resource at the all ecumenical movement were all of the mainline churches baptize in the what baptism of though
a father the son of the holy spirit so we all made christ in fact that text i read about baptists who comes from the up declaration on ecumenism
but as they know tear baptism is just the beginning you don't just up to like baptized and that's the end of it cause i've incorporated into christ but to dynamic thing it's a growing thing it's a deepening thing but baptism of itself is only a beginning a point of departure for it is
holy directed towards the acquiring of fullness of life in christ so always again in christ
baptism is as oriented towards a complete profession of faith a complete incorporation to the economy of salvation such as christ himself wrote to me and filing towards a complete participation in eucharistic communion
so we catholics believe there are seven sacraments they're not all on the same level one right next to another but it's better to think of love save circle of sex
oh were headed towards one two three four five six the center which is uranus eucharist is the fulfillment of all the other sacraments
and up the sucrose is profound communion in up the body and blood of christ so this is our hope sacramental order now the eucharist as eucharist and last only a period so we could think of it as something different from are abiding theme
but another way of thinking it is it's that moment of profound communion with god that nourishes us for the rest
and also is kind of the archetype or model as we see as will see for all the rest eucharist sums it all up again eucharist sums up this trinitarian dynamic as to his baptism baptism again
were called by the father to be christians we then are united to christ going into the water dying and they were raised up again with christ in the holy spirit and all this is very explicit in the baptismal rite and it's also there is euchre spirit explicitly his sentence
so again it all comes together at this a deepest level and finally we sit all of this is prefiguring of what of the heavenly banquet when will be abiding and god forever and in a conscious way we won't be so troubled by all these tasks and dist
fractions who trouble souped up well the eucharist which is supreme prefiguring of the heavenly banquet and for taste for dinner banquet
ah of this a joyful abiding in god so again of all this just to see that it's it's not just a some techniques we want to learn about being more mindful and focused also that will get much more to that this afternoon and tomorrow but it's wanting to
i understand the why of all of this
oh if we understand the why than the how can take care of itself oh chesterton said there's nothing more practical than a good theory this is kind of our theory this is our theology of abiding and gods who will know why we're doing it all and of
why it's all christian this whole liturgical thing is also what some a theologians and experts in the spiritual life called the objective to mention of spirituality this is important we need the personal subjective or it's not personal i don't really care
claimant but if it's just that there's a danger that i just become obsessed with my own kind of experiences and feelings subjective states and becomes very kind of narcissistic and i just had a wonderful line blowing experience with jesus his morning and of i moved from the
worth mansion to the fifth mansion and i i had this dream lifeboats all ii and up but the literature gets us into community gets us into church gets us into the objective
i bring the psalms is good for that you know i pray and angry song maybe i'm not feeling angry at all but somewhere in the universal church there someone angry and in the salvation history there are moments when christ was a marine center so i moved beyond just be myself and i e motorcycle prayer to go
give a solid objective reality basis
but then again i want to claim it personally and make it matter of my heart and that'll be the agenda this afternoon and tomorrow
have any comments about any this
yes
used that as bad moon
ah oh yeah christ transcends as christ is other the classes outside of us but crisis also the deepest center both and
ah there's the texts up wherever does my word i will come to him and i my father will make our abode in him so there's both a spirituality and indwelling were at our deepest center is christ is the father is the spirit we are temples
the holy spirit temples of the indwelling trinity so like elizabeth for the trinity wonderful exploring that but it's not just inside me it's all around me it's frame sending me it's before i was and after i will be at least on this earth etc so it's both a hand
with christ with the spirit with a father with god cetera with the word of god which is written in our hearts would also comes to us from without so it's
it fulfills the best of hetero enemy and autonomy carrying them into a higher level is another way to put it it fulfills the best of the subjective and the objective in a both and
all these images are just and kind of struggling ways to put into words a mystery with a capital m they're just transcends our capacity to express this also with scripture or their salsa with infallible documents of the church there
they all are very limited and partial but they just kind of point us in the right direction they give us a little glimpses so to talk of god of father that's very important language but god isn't the father by any father we've ever known who had have a wife and
had to or with the wife conceive of us and gets old and has moments of crankiness etc but this isn't up that ineffable why jesus is the sun but not like worth of son of our father you know again ah the holy spirit
get which basically comes from the hebrew meaning breath and the greek noma meaning breath but the spirit is like our breath you know up so all these are just up at symptoms of crisis every example limps on so to be aware of the limits of
all this language but to rejoice that hopefully it can at least give us little intuition so the mystery so as we go deep into prayer we can just into the ineffable silence but we go sustained by and on ah
are safeguarded by all this language that kind of keeps us on the right so the liturgy also again opens up the whole ecclesial side it just not me doing my own thing in a kind of a new age way but it's of i as member of the church which is the body of
god because the whole church a by to god i'm doing myself with the whole church does the churches imperfect the church ah and is made up also of sinners and so thank heavens her space whole to for me you ah but the churches also
so body of christ and so on
we rejoice in this also ecclesial dimension of are abiding in god so good it's not just a kind of an intimate stink up
feel a thing
ah on the other hand again i need to claimants who will be seen that a bit
so
any other questions about this
so let's look at eucharist in its basic structure to see how that model and example about any christian moment of prayer will be any christian and to fade that unites me with gotta kick it might just take a split second but it is little uk
carus
so the eucharist is the archetype for all of christian prayer and it's our deepest moment of communion we talk about holy communion
and it then is what our ongoing life wants to be at wants to be eucharist oh eucharist as liturgy is wonderful because it feeds the whole person body mind and spirit i want to be community and in eucharist i am i
do everybody i want to hear things and see things and even smell things and well that's what the church and her wisdom therefore as candles and gestures and chalices and dub music and incense and the whole thing so i'm caught into it
or what they call it up
inclusive way a holistic way that's the that's the famous word to date this is holistic spirituality liturgical spirituality it's not just me and my pure decent carnage spirit detached from my body or something so it's the whole so some also even in
those little moments of prayer might be under a tree or might be my room or something have some i do want that involve my whole being and i want to know that the whole churches here
there's a wonderful of tracked by one of our great compelled to the saints and theologians a doctor the troops and peter damian he comes from the famous thousand year old of hermitage of fontana per four of us will be in just a month where we're gonna have our general chapter over in italy
anyway one of the hermit wreck looses who was a priest he'd go into his little chapel and alone say the eucharist you take now should i turn around say the lord be with you when no one's there who should i answer myself what's happening there and so said peter damian says well no one's there but
what you are member of christ you are member of the church so where you are the whole churches and in some mysterious way as you are member of the church the whole church as mystically present in you so in that little chapel of years in revolution there's all the same
saints and all the struggling christians or down through the ages and there's all the angels and archangels all are there in the chapel to say yes with
enjoy the lord be with you and respond and also you to lift up your hearts and up because up
each one of us is in some mysterious way the whole church just as if i reach out and shaped a person's hand i'm not just shaking their hand i'm communicating with the whole person or persons rendered kind of symbolically present in the hand or if it's just a glance the whole person can be some
dup in the glance etc so each one of us is in miniature the whole church each christian community whether it be the married couple or the parish is the whole church are summed up in that little instance just as we say also i think i'm a dna
the whole body is present in each member
absorb amish to shave that of the whole mystery is summed up with us also when we're alone also and we're not in eucharist we remain in that a kind of eucharistic dynamic which is the basic trinitarian dynamic so can we start out with the ah
with the liturgy of the word and eucharist would be having an eleven thirty we gather in that part and were seated and of the word of god is proclaimed this purchase in communication with the whole of salvation history were in touch with whatever be the readings of the day but they
presuppose all the other readings so we get this wonderful salvation history we listen to it that word explained to us again who we are why were there what we're doing it
well showing every moment of prayer there should be a moment of machining of hearing the word addressed to us from the father this was the famous shimmer of the old testament of it's the basic exhortation and even appeal of god listen or israel here
and so if we here we hear this word of god proclaimed it might be in fact very new gross with the word of god or it might just be in silence we hear maybe the word into silence elijah in his cave heard this word of god we've spoken in the r sound of shears
silence
so sometimes that'll be the word which transcends any human words whatever
any moment abiding and god wants to be on our part of listening
then we get into the moment of the offertory and we have this little kind of procession which is rather need the monks in all the people god go into that second space around the altar the first space was centered on the word the second space in shuddered on the altar because the word itself tells us now do this remembrance from
so we do it now the order supplies as christ to crisis at the absolute center where these circled surrounded if you're into human of we form of on we form this very up
harmonious picture of this kind of the interval canada
we have several people and they're more aware in computing and one another and the actual center is christ is the paschal mystery that's for the up that's with all her symbolizes so good to dynamic just on i always do an internship and fact and enter
image of come you know being integrated into the whole etc so that also in any moment of prayer there should be back again i need with all god's people and community eucharist in show it all go
when i focused on christ christ and interest is suspended the crucifix occasion is right out there if i go with the spirit and their that there is a mysterious kinda fun structure coming down some unexplained it is kind of the divine presence by
renting into history
so we're here it was kind of sacred cave or sacred tempted god breakthrough and communicate with us in christ so earth is horizontal being centered in christ and then swimsuit or to the ultimate
how to clothing beginning and the and who is the source of it all come apart
and so we go into the rotunda again at any moment of prayer we should figured we'd go into the canada we should be centered on the open then there's the awful tory wouldn't we offer we offer the gifts of bread and wine and they're deeply symbolic of just basic food just basic elements of creation
that sustain as nourish us
we've received them were from the father through christ the holy spirit
there there what do we do with them we hold onto them joyously know me offer them back to the father in christ they become christ and christ the one high priest offers himself so formulation and we as members of christ in the author terry in the cons
secretion we offer ourselves our own lives and were consecrated we become body and blood
i'm christ augustan is a wonderful hawaii who when he says yes in the eucharist venerate the body blood which is there on the older but venerate the body and blood the members of christ who are around you who are yourself they on the altar those elements are infant
action was not vice versa
have we become re consecrated really become re transformed renewed as body and blood of christ then again this should happen at any moment of communing with god
and then the final moment is therefore communion we get august to god and god always gives back so much more than we give and so communion is is deep receiving into ourselves christ and there's again that the indwelling but up as a good augustine says it's not
then so much that we assimilate christ and was but christ simulate us into christ
is there are many grains that are brought together into one bread so we are brought together in the one body of christ in this deeper way source or there's a sign of peace jesus has don't go to the older if you're still in a situation of hostility anger with others so again in any moment of prayer we
at least implicitly of place ourselves in a situation of reconciliation with all our brothers and sisters
and in that piece that go and receive communion and then were sent forth you to me so i asked to be eucharist brothers
there's this up sociologist up at the university of berkeley houston is fascinating study about american individualism called habits of the heart he did it with a whole team would use a deep believer in anglican but he's concerned is somebody the gentleman deep
values of this nation at the beginning which is that each person and sacred the conscience of each person the individual we should stand out our own two feet we should be self sufficient we shouldn't just be features leeching off others etc so we get this from our first year
so it gets more and more interest than the whole competition and post therefore i even against you why competing with you or who gets to the top of the pile kind of thing etc but our culture gone while can just isolate us into
individuals really have no communion community at the end i'm just interested in my trip in my money in my good we can no longer talk about the common good et cetera so what bella saying as we desperately have a rediscovering the balancing prison our principal
two individualism which is good in itself rugged individualism a dance community and he says great source of this will be the sacramento bee that are relevant the individual comes a lot out of protestantism he says here i stand i can do know whether but the
communal so he's saved a catholics tap the us and eucharist is the culminating moment of this says he and so i can quotes of this whole business of becoming eucharist than for others go out and then be food for others nourish others
help others this is also our way of a binding and god
oh and this instance communal dimension but also were eucharist brothers in our interest history prayer for instance or just when we glorify god that we downs to the good of all of humanity st john of the cross is one moment of pure contemplation
yeah it's worth more than all the missions and all the preaching the tens of thousands and all the good works etc
so even if we're alone in solitude just quietly being with god again that read downs to the good of everyone that is eucharist that is living our baptismal vows that is trinity
amen
any other comments questions about this
yes other comment
appalachian for her credit
that's a fantastic
can get help pet that's right this deepest mystery which should be kind of our bread and butter are deeply breath it seems it can't see might just kind of up on mathematical enigma three but one one but three but seen
as is dynamic of the source and then the outpouring and then the ingathering and the returned to the source ah it's so very profound each one of us is also trinity theologians the wonderful things about that in me there is some mysterious source beyond anything i
can claim or crab on to or just make use of this merkel said that ultimate who am i it remains a mystery but that comes out and expresses itself in all my words and all mine thinking in mind and wisdom and knowledge etc
that's kind of the dimension of the second person in my life
then there's also the spirit again the vertical the return to the source so each one of us is a trinity each community is trinitarian etc
yes can when mother teresa use just impact on her and she picks up the know maybe cutter the hindu country
as christ that visual in other
what are those who are not necessary part of our church them absolutely potentially yell here you get in the whole thing of baptism by desire the baptism by implicit desire a etc but yeah she said when i receive an old dying person or i
i receive a child i am receiving christ just as surely as i when i received the eucharistic elements
so we need that veneration to this part else so if someone asked me to do something and i do it for them
and i realized this is a good thing i'm doing up there is again an abiding in god in that doing we don't abide in god just when we go into our room and close the door and get into silence etc that will be a kind of an anti work and thai ministry bias
it wouldn't be healthy but we want to see the whole thing as are hiding in god also our ministry
well thank you so we'll gather again this afternoon here at five o'clock
so could we are at work of what are some means to be a little more mindful to be a bit more aware and not just phonetically scattered and anguished etc etc so there are means so now we'll go to quite a more practical series of proposals
for abiding the god
bill this is the case you have to be off do you have to be fun but the alabama m with i should go okay so if anyone needs to leave remember we are a community and were found to have pray for each other and to carry on this journey yeah
abiding and god thank you