The Essence of Spiritual Reflection: Part 4

Now comes logic.  Equipped with a sincere apprehension of God’s will, we argue and assess.  Do we feel consonant or dissonant about God’s nudging?  Do we have the right timing?  Perhaps there were another way to see things.  Our rationality becomes a human subset of our spiritual power.

And for all who are beginning to feel a heavy burden in spiritual reflection, remember that the essence of meditation should not be experienced as weight of responsibility; rather we trust that God is ever abundantly working out a plan for us, equipping us for our calling, and drawing us ever closer to the unique image that He implanted within us.

So to accompany logic, the move of appreciative abandonment (another term of Father Adrian’s) allows us to progress towards action knowing that the Mystery fills our lives with divine love and mercy.  Yes, the fabric of our universe demands consequences from our actions, but the Mystery unfolds a greater mission with infinite power through our feeble mistakes using all things for good.  We must let that hope guide our spiritual reflection. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously and brilliantly appropriates the insight of Theodore Parker that the arc of the universe bends towards justice. Appreciative abandonment must not become a bulletproof vest for a reckless harnessing of human power and pride.  Yet, any action that follows this type of methodical abiding in awe-filled attention and after we utilize our facilities of reasoning puts us well on the journey of discovering God’s will and our unique-communal calling.  Then, when tempered by a full heart, we can hand over our projects and aspirations to the Mystery in an abandoned hope.  Thus it is true that, “In prayer, we trust God, even in the face of unknowing and uncertainty.”

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