A Surprise Gift


cloister passagewayToday, on Vivificat, Teófilo de Jesús posted a quote by a Carthusian monk. Interestingly enough, when I tried to visit his site, Google told me to stay away because his site was infected by Malware. I don’t understand computers but this was all bogus and it was soon fixed. When I got to the site and read the message, it was as if God was speaking just to me.

What a consolation and encouragement. Tears of relief come to my eyes with this quote because my private prayer has been a wordless encounter with Light and Joy for a long time. No effort on my part; I just glance in His direction and Christ takes over.  Praying like this, it is easy to feel  slack, lazy…. .

images (12)The Wound of Love By A. Carthusian

 “Solitude is the place of prayer” first published in 1994 by the Cathusian Order in England

Solitude is the place of prayer. The only true prayer which radiates there is that of Jesus: all other prayer is a reflection of the light that shines forth from his face.
Let us, therefore, follow Jesus in solitude, relying only on the power of his call; it is not our competence or our virtues which give us access to the Father, but the invitation of Jesus to follow him up the mountain.
This is our ideal: to enter into the Paschal Mystery with Jesus and to receive from the Father the revelation that his Son has given us and is ours to welcome. We have no other call here below than to bear this mystery, in silence, in our heart.

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