“[Regarding meditation and reflection] it is better to begin with something which is alive for us, either with those [scriptural] sayings which we find attractive, which ‘make our heart burn within us’, or else, on the contrary, with those against which we rebel, which we cannot accept; we find both in the gospel.” (Bloom, Anthony. Living Prayer. Springfield: Templegate Publishers, 1966, p. 52.)
We can make healthy spiritual progress if we’ll pay attention to those feelings, impulses, attractions or resistances that are especially strong within us, whether they feel holy or unholy. These may well be markers of a way forward for us, whether in further following the path of consolation, or pushing in to the place of resistance to discover behind it further opportunities for growth. Grow me in this, Jesus. I’m so grateful that I can pray this prayer even if I know perhaps only 1% of what I’m asking. Amen.
For Reflection: What strong feelings or desires have you noticed in your heart lately, whether they feel positive or negative, holy or unholy? How might Jesus want to be present with you to help, encourage or counsel you in that very place?
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