Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Meditation

A great practice that has been somewhat lost in our society is the practice of meditation. With meditation comes silence, a great enemy in our society. Meditation is the threshold from this earth to the world of eternity, to the knowledge of God, to the graces we need. St. Francis de Sales in “Introduction to the Devout life,” a book I greatly recommend, gives us a method to meditation.

First, kneel down in a quiet room, place yourself in the presence of God, meditating on His infinite goodness and almighty power. Then, think of your utter nothingness, comparing yourself to God, and how even though you are so weak, God still wants to draw you to His heart.

After this process, you can move on to meditation. You can meditate on a scene from Jesus’ life, a Bible quote, anything that moves your soul to the things of God. If you lose interest in the topic, move on to another until you find something that interests your soul. You can do this for 15-30 minutes.

Once your meditation is completed, make resolutions for your daily life that relate to your meditation. But instead of making empty resolutions like you make at New Years, be firm in your resolutions and ask God for the strength. Also, ask for the intercession of Our Blessed Mother and the Angels and Saints, and they will definitely help you.

St. Francis de Sales finally suggests finishing the meditation with an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Thanksgiving prayer. Your thanksgiving prayer could go like this if you wish:

“I offer the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary to the Eternal Father, the Eternal Son, and the Eternal Holy Ghost, one God, my beloved Mother Mary, and all the holy angels and saint, especially my patron saints and my guardian angel, in thanksgiving for all the graces that God has given me in this meditation.”

You can add on to this prayer, such as not only offering the hearts of Jesus and 
Mary, but the Holy Face of Jesus, the Precious Blood of Jesus by which you were saved and the like. But let not your prayers be only words. If you think you need to spend your thanksgiving in silence, so be it! God will guide you and help you to perfect this holy time.


And so, to those that meditate and begin to meditate hereon, I wish you all of God’s blessings and inspirations. Meditation truly elevates the soul and reveals to it truths and consolations that it may not have found outside of meditation. God bless and Our Lady protect you all!