Keep your eyes
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July 7, 2015
(Amo 3:6-8) Shall
the trumpet sound in a city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there
be evil in a city, which the Lord hath not done? For the Lord God doth
nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets. The
lion shall roar, who will not fear? The Lord God hath spoken, who shall
MEDITATIONS ON THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES
MARK MALLETT: The Hour of Lawlessness
MYSTICS OF THE CHURCH: The Great Storm Is Coming Upon Us
BLOG: Those who live in the Spirit will never be at home in the world, and indeed the world will hate them
PROPHETIC NOVENA FOR OUR TIMES: O Jesus I Surrender Myself to You
FROM THE MAILBAG
VIA RON ROLHEISER, OMI: EXCERPT TURNING OUR EYES TOWARD HEAVEN
It’s not easy to be centred,
rooted, secure in who we are, able to give the world our best. More
commonly, we find ourselves adrift, unsure of ourselves, with most of
what’s best in us still frustrated, buried, waiting for a better day.
Too many things, it seems, conspire against us living out what’s truest
and best inside us.
We’d like to be grounded, be
ourselves, have a clear direction in life, be free of compulsions, and
live out more our dignity, goodness, and creativity; but too many
things push us the opposite way. Ideology, anger, bitterness, envy,
restlessness, confusion, moral compromise, and the simple need to get
by, all pull us down and we end up giving into various compensations
(as substitutes for what we really want) and thus quietly despair of
ever carrying our dignity, talents, and solitude at any high level.
Why does it happen? The fault is
with prayer, or lack of it. We cannot stay steady in a churning sea
without a good anchor, cannot avoid giving into compensation unless
what’s highest in us is given enough expression, and cannot deal with
the issues of finitude unless we have some transcendent focus. Unless
we are anchored in something beyond the here and now there is a good
chance that we will drown in the present moment.
Jesus models the kind of prayer we
need to cope with a world that goes mad at times and with a heart prone
to drink in that madness. The gospels describe Jesus praying in
different ways, but sometimes they simply say: “He turned his eyes
towards heaven!” The same expression is used of other great
faith-figures – Stephen, Paul, the early martyrs – and it’s used of
them at those times when the forces of madness are precisely
threatening to kill them. When the world around them is going mad, they
“turn their eyes towards heaven.” The phrase hasn’t been lost on
Virtually every painting of someone
being martyred has this motif, the martyr has his or her eyes lifted up
towards heaven, in contrast to the eyes of the executioners and
onlookers which are cast downwards in hatred, envy, and group-think or
in the blank stare of mindlessness.
Jesus lifted his eyes towards
heaven and that freed him of hatred, envy, group-think, and
mindlessness. What does this mean? How did he turn his eyes towards
What made Jesus different (and what
makes any prayerful person different) is not intellectual insight,
superior willpower, less fiery emotions, or monastic withdrawal from
the temptations of the world.
Prayer is not a question of
insight, of being smarter than anyone else; nor of will, of being
stronger than anyone else; nor of emotional restraint or sexual
aloofness, of being less passionate than anyone else; nor of
withdrawal, of being less exposed to temptation than anyone
else. Prayer is a question of unity and surrender, of uniting one’s
will with someone else and surrendering one’s will to that other.
Prayer is the desire to be in union with someone, especially in union
with that other’s will.
Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Humility
18. Poemen said, 'Moses asked the monk Zacharias, who was dying, 'What
can you see?" He said, "Nothing better than being silent, abba." Moses
said, "Indeed, my son, keep silent. At the moment of his death
Isidore looked up to heaven, and said, "Rejoice, my son Zacharias, for
the gates of the kingdom of heaven are opened to you."'
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