Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Meditation and the purpose that springs from the resolution

Last night, being Holy Cross Day, I lead the congregation in a meditation of Numbers 21. The following is a quote from Fr David Jenks about the purpose of a resolution in our meditations.

There is more than one purpose in the resolution, and the practice of it ought not to he neglected. It is only needful here to mark that it is a good application of the truth that a meditation is not an end, but a means to an end; meditation is to affect life. When we feel very dissatisfied with our meditations, it is something to know that at least they give us a daily resolution which is to be kept; when we are growing dangerously pleased with ourselves about them, it is a reminder to us of the practical character of the devotion, and a warning not to rely upon our pleasurable experiences.

In small group sharing, be it in Cursillo or a cell group, one of the purposes is to share our struggles and our successes. And in that to share our resolve in faith, whether that be of personal study and prayer, or of some action of faith that one has yet to accomplish.
In prayer and meditation it is vital to resolve to adoration, action, or acts of charity.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to . . . .
James 1.27

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