If anyone attempts to act and do things for others, or for the world, without deepening their own self-understanding, freedom, integrity and capacity to love will not have anything to give others.
They will end up communicating to others their own obsessions, aggressiveness, ego-centred ambitions, delusions without ends and means, doctrinaire prejudices and ideas.
I must decrease and He must increase. I need not to be too obsessed with myself, my agenda. I need to be more open to the encounter with God and to God’s agenda. I need to know God for God’s sake.
I heard a wise man say about three years ago, “When you pray spend ten minutes a day alone with God. Do not spend too much time asking for things about yourself. Pray for others, listen to God”.
We need to be ‘one’ to whom, with whom, and in whom we pray.
We are already one with God, but we tend to imagine that we are not.
What we need to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.
We need a real humility which is the greatest freedom.
If we keep on defending an imaginary self, we are feeding the ego and do not find true peace.
We find our true self in union with God.
“O God, we are one with You. You have made us one with You.
You have taught us that if we are open to one another,
You dwell in us. Help us to realise that there can be no understanding
where there is mutual rejection.
Oh God, in accepting one another wholeheartedly, fully, completely,
we accept You, and we thank You, and we adore You, and we love You
with our whole being, because our being is in Your being,
our spirit is rooted in Your spirit.
Fill us then with love, and let us be bound together with love as
we go our diverse ways, united in this one spirit which makes You
present in the world, and which makes You witness to the ultimate
reality that is love.
Love has overcome. Love is victorious.”
Inspired by Richard Rohr. Prayer by Thomas Merton