|Fr Wilfrid Stinissen, O.C.D.|
"The Gospels and spiritual literature point out various practices of importance on the journey to God. We are told to deny ourselves, forgive one another, carry our cross, fast and give alms... We must also love our neighbor, pray with others in private, bring our troubles to the Lord, and be peacemakers. All of these things have their place, and nothing may be overlooked, but they may cause us to feel confused and divided... and we might even ask ourselves where we will find the strength to do all that is required. In spiritual reading we are instructed about balanced asceticism, the Mass readings of the day tell of prayer, and the retreat master speaks about love. We are pulled in different directions and, instead of finding peace, we become restless. What we need most is a central idea, something so basic and comprehensive that it encompasses everything else... In my opinion that central idea is surrender... Pg 9-11
Fr Stinissen will lead us over the next few posts reflecting on this experience of freedom through surrender - surrender by becoming prayer through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.