Does everybody search for a better prayer life? John Chuchman has been boning up on a bit of advice from St John of the Cross. Are we forever "in process" to a better state of contemplation?
In search of a better state of contemplation...
The Poetry of St. John of the Cross
offers me three signs
that I might be ready
to taste some of the richness
and reach some of the depths and heights
of Contemplative Prayer.
if I have I stopped receiving satisfaction
from discursive prayer and meditation,
practiced for so much of my life.
if I have become less and less inclined
to fix my imagination and senses
on any particular object,
internal or external.
if I am content
to simply remain in
the loving awareness of God
without any particular knowledge
All these signs are so counter-institutional.
All these signs are so counter-intellectual.
All these signs are so un-measureable.
He asks . . .
and my answer is . . .
. . . in process.
Love, John Chuchman
This reflection is also published on John Chuchman's blog.
The headline image used to support today's reflection has been sourced from: www.freeimages.co.uk, and the image of St John of the Cross has been sourced from: www.carmelite.org.
John Chuchman is a bereavement counsellor. He is a graduate of John Carroll University and former Ford Motor Company executive (1959-1992). He has been a Hospice volunteer since 1990. John has received Pastoral Bereavement Counselor certification and a Certificate in Spirituality (Kino Institute of Phoenix, Arizona.) In 2000, he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministries from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. His website provides information about his regular retreats and information about his books. he also writes a "Poetman" blog which you can find on the website or via this link: [Visit John's blog] | [Visit John's website]
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