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Beholding God 

“The glory of God is humanity, fully alive; the life of humanity consists in beholding God”. This simple website seeks to offer us tools for discernment, tools for prayer and resources to enable our diocesan community to deepen its awareness of the God who reveals himself to us. Through prayer we seek to enter into a loving relationship with the God who opens up before us the wonder of his life and love.

The wonder of prayer is revealed beside the well where we come seeking water: there, Christ comes to meet every human being. It is he who first seeks us and asks us for a drink. Jesus thirsts; his asking arises from the depths of God’s desire for us. Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him. (CCC 2560)

Hopefully, there is something here for you, something which will lead you to a deeper understanding of prayer and a richer understanding of the spiritual life. These pages may be simple signposts leading you elsewhere to other resources. They may not hold the answer or, at least, the complete answer but they may direct you to somewhere that can help quench that inner thirst for the waters that only God can give.

 


 

God is our home. More mysteriously, Jesus tells us that we are God’s home too (cf John 15, v.4).  It is in God that we live and move and have our being, as St Paul reminds us. Jesus surprised the Samaritan woman, whom he encountered unexpectedly by Jacob’s well, by telling her that we carry this well-spring of Life, God’s Spirit of Love, within us wherever we go (cf John 4,v.14).The psalmist also reminds us that we are never out of God’s reach or presence, however far from home we may be:

Where shall I go from your presence? Where shall I flee from your Spirit? If I go up to heaven, you are there. If I go down to the depths, you are there also. If I rise up on the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea. Even there your hand leads me, Your right hand holding me fast. ”     Psalm 139

Made in the Divine Image, we ‘human merely beings’  are the fragile, earthenware vessels which contain this priceless Treasure, who is Christ. God is closer to us than our breathing! The entire universe, too, is ‘ablaze with the glory of God’, and so everywhere is God’s domain, and our humanity, flawed though it be, is to be a reflection of that light.

St Irenaeus of Lyons asserts that ‘the glory of God is humanity, fully alive; the life of humanity consists in beholding God” (Against Heresies, Book 4, 20:7) Spirituality is about the WHOLE of life, illuminated by the Spirit, who pervades all things. St Ignatius Loyola invites us to ‘find God in all things,’ and Dom Helder Camara suggests: ‘All, absolutely all, speaks to me of You.’ Spirituality, then, is about LIFE, lived to the FULL (John 10,v.10) in Christ, through the Spirit.

Prayer is that breath of the Spirit, breathed in and through us, in communion with the Father, through the Son. Sometimes this may be expressed in words, but often in ‘sighs too deep for words,’ which are nevertheless understood by the indwelling Spirit who knows and understands all.

When we pray, we are entering into that great stream of love which flows between Jesus and our Abba. We don’t need many words (Matthew 6, v.7) because our Abba knows us from within, and what we need, before we ask. Such intimacy, knowledge and love!

The invitation is to an ever deeper union with God through love and unceasing prayer, which transforms us to become ever more like Christ, and to reflect his love and presence in our lives and our world.

As one of the Desert Fathers said to a brother who came seeking guidance on prayer:

If you will, you can become all fire, all light.”

Nourished by the wonderful gift of the Eucharist, the table of the Word in Scripture, the Sacraments and our common life in Christ, we discover more and more of the beauty and mystery of God’s presence which surrounds and enfolds us in love, always and everywhere.