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Waiting for God

  • is a fundamental disposition in Centering Prayer
  • is a humbling experience, but do not give up or walk away
  • is best achieved through daily practice of contemplative prayer
  • develops patience, perseverance, and longing for God
  • establishes the right attitude towards God, which is humble hope
  • purifies faith from attachment to concepts and purifies love from attachment to consolation, so that one can know God in the immediacy of Divine Union 

  • OMOH: 37-38
  • *OMOH: 23-24
  • CF: 38
  • IG: 147 

The habit of waiting for God gradually establishes us in a right attitude towards Him. We cannot push God around. But that is what we try to do when we say, “Give me this; give me that.” Or even, “Please, give me this.” … There is nothing so humbling as waiting. Time was created so that we might learn to wait.

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The fundamental disposition of Centering Prayer is waiting for God. In the New Testament, patience means waiting for God for any length of time, not going away and not giving in to boredom or discouragement. The habit of waiting for God gradually establishes a right attitude towards Him. There is nothing so humbling as waiting.

Time was created so that we might learn to wait. Faith purifies us from attachment to any concept and love purifies us from attachment to consolation, even the most spiritual.

Waiting for God without giving up or going away is an exercise of pure faith, trust, and love. Contemplative prayer is the best means to persevere in the state of patiently waiting for God.


 

 Reflection: Listening

Waiting for God establishes the right attitude toward Him. Time offers the opportunity to learn to wait.

Reflection: Reflecting

What does it mean to wait? How do you wait for God? How is my attitude about waiting gradually changing?

Reflection: Responding

Humbly wait. Don’t go away. Wait for God.

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