"Since [Centering Prayer] is not only pleasant, but also purifying, do not be surprised by the ups and downs of our subjective experience and just accept what happens. This is when you truly consent in practice. You are giving away any control whatsoever over the results of what you are doing. It is allowing that consent to be purified by the Spirit, who will send into your life inwardly and outwardly the people, teaching, or trials that you need. The bottom line … is to place all our trust in God and in [God's] determination to bring this about because of [God's] immense, gratuitous love for us."
~ Thomas Keating, God is Love: The Heart of All Creation
~ Vincent Pizzuto, Contemplating Christ: The Gospels and the Interior Life
Questions for reflection:
- Vincent Pizzuto suggests that we have a vocation as contemplatives, and that spiritual maturity is measured by an ever-expanding heart of compassion. Ponder and visualize how in the coming months you will live out your vocation as a contemplative.
- How can the fourth consent become a daily practice in your life?