Belief and God
Do you ever think about why you believe in God or why you believe He is the real deal? We should know what validates our belief in God and what we believe proves His existence. Faith is part of this belief, but faith should not be blind acceptance. We should know why we believe what we believe. Belief, faith, knowledge, understanding, truth, guilt, acceptance, redemption, experience, inner soul cleansing and Spirit enlivening, spiritual transformation and renewal are part of this scenario.
There are a thousand and one reasons why I believe God is real.
Power is in a Mother’s Prayers.
Saint Augustine and the man he would become, was the direct result of his mother’s persistent and multiplied prayers. Monica was vigilant in advocating for her son through daily prayers.
Never give up. As a youth, Augustine was influenced by the rhetoric and cults of the day. His mother, much concerned, sought audience with God. He gave her audience. Her son converted.
A Golden Silence
2014 Vina Monastery writings
A Golden Silence is a series of contemplative writings that are more like serious spiritual reflections, prayers and praises to God. I wrote these during weekly visits to Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, California. I share two here that are back to back in the original writing.
Benefits from Silent Time with God
Find a quiet place, away from distractions. Focus on God. Talk to Him. Ask Him to show you things about yourself. Enjoy the quietness. Listen to the peacefulness. Listen for the voice of God. Notice your thoughts. Are they in the form of a pattern? What is inside your heart? Is there a peacefulness, or not? Pray verses and songs. Read Psalms and scripture passages. Embrace the thoughts that have a sense of God in them. Give the painful thoughts to God. Let go of the injuries by sending them God-ward. Praise and give thanks to God for His mercy, love, and grace. Ask for greater faith. Trust God for it all.
Take time to get alone with God.