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Consent

  • expresses acceptance of someone, something or a course of action
  • is an act of the will
  • is the fundamental disposition of Centering Prayer
  • embraces the present moment without trying to change it
  • opens us to God without trying to figure out God or His plans
  • allows God to operate in us through the Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit
  • expands and deepens with each maturing stage of God’s presence

  • OMOH: 71-72, 145
  • *OMOH: 65, 186
  • IG: 9, 55-65, 66-68, 98, 103
  • AW: 48
  • BP: 41 

By consenting to God’s presence and action within us, we open to God as God is without trying to figure out who or what God is. We consent to the divine presence without depending on a medium or symbol to express it, translate it, or interpret it in terms of our personal history, cultural conditioning, or temperamental bias. God communicates himself on only one condition – our consent.

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Consent is an act of the will expressing acceptance of someone, some thing, or a course of action. Consent occupies the present moment and its content. Because God is already present, one does not have to reach out. Faith tells us that we already have God through the Divine Indwelling.

The work of Centering Prayer is to consent to God’s presence, accept the present moment and its psychological content, and to let it go. By consenting, we are opening to God as God, without trying to figure out who or what God is. During Centering Prayer, using a sacred word is a symbol or our will’s consent. This is the difference between Centering Prayer and meditative practices; if we consent to God, God works in us through the Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit.

As our faculties and capacity to relate gradually develop, we deepen our relationship with God. Each new depth of God’s presence requires a new consent. Each new awakening expands and deepens our relationship to God, ourselves, to everyone else, and to all creation.


 

 Reflection: Listening

Consent is an act of the will. Consent embraces the present moment and its contents. Consent allows God to operate in us through the Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit.

Reflection: Reflecting

How might you be open to God without trying to figure Him out? In what ways is your will aligned with God’s? How often do you renew your consent?

Reflection: Responding

Align your will with God’s will over and over again by renewing your intention by word and deed. Consent and grow in the love of God.

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