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Divine Indwelling

  • is the life of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit living within us
  • as a doctrine, points to the prime source of the spiritual life, which is the purpose of the divine Trinity within us
  • enables us to listen to the inspirations of the Spirit
  • needs to be continuously recognized and affirmed

Divine Indwelling is also known as “Divine Presence” within and the “Holy Trinity”, * Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • BP: 26, 74, 78-79, 91
  • FG: 5-6, 41-42
  • IG: 119, 148

No amount of spiritual “yakking” can take the place of our desire to be united with God at the deepest level of our being. This movement into our inner room, into the innermost part of our being, is a movement of opening to the Divine Indwelling present within us. The Divine Indwelling is the fundamental principle of relating to God in the Christian life, both in prayer and action.

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The Divine Indwelling of the Trinity is the source and fundamental principle of Centering Prayer and of the spiritual life. The Divine Indwelling is the divine presence within us. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are living their Trinitarian life within us. At the deepest level, we are more God than ourselves.

The Divine Indwelling needs to be affirmed in various ways in daily life. During Centering Prayer, we sit with God as our life’s companion, one who is always available to us. We manifest God, both in the deep rest of contemplative prayer and in active daily life. As the contemplative dimension of relating to God in prayer increases, we perceive the presence of God in everything and everything in God. The Divine Indwelling becomes a living relationship not only in us, but increasingly evident in everyone else, all of whom enjoy the Divine Indwelling.

Movement into our inner room, the innermost part of our being, is an opening to the Divine Indwelling. When we believe in this presence within us, we are more apt to listen and follow the promptings of the Spirit.

The Divine Indwelling has always been one of the great truths of faith, but it needs greater emphasis today. The early Fathers of the Church called this process the development of the spiritual senses. It is the most basic principle of the spiritual life.


 

 Reflection: Listening

At the deepest level, we are more God than ourselves. We are distinct, but never separated from God.

Reflection: Reflecting

How might you internalize the idea of the Divine Indwelling? How would you describe the Divine Indwelling? Where is God in you?

Reflection: Responding

Turn toward the Divine Indwelling during prayer. Turn toward the Divine Indwelling during action. Be sensitive to the Spirit’s inspirations.

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