Intro to Meditation

  • Remember that the point of meditation is just to be with God for some moments.

  • Remember that the effort He sees you make is the most important part.

  • Remember that at the end of the day - the meditation is just thinking about God.

  • Start every meditation with an image in your mind that is most effective for you in seeing God's goodness or beauty. It could be Christ on the Cross, Our Lady in a garden, a favorite painting of yours, a beautiful sunset or the stars. Anything.

  • Whenever you're distracted, come back to that image to refocus yourself.

  • You don't have to think of all the points of the meditation. If you're really into one point, stay on it. If not, move on to the next.

  • Follow the suggested times depending on your experience. Don't stop trying until the timer stops. That is so important. 

First starting out - 5 minutes

After a couple weeks - 10 minutes

After a couple months - 15 minutes

DAILY MEDITATION

ABIDE IN HIS LOVE

Lord, what did You mean when You say I should love You alone? I find it hard to feel that you are a competitor with other men for my affection. How can I love You and love my friends? Can it be that the love I have for others is different than that which I am to give to You?

My Son, do you remember when I said, "Woman, behold thy son?” My Mother loved Me alone, and this is why she loved John, because she saw Me in him. For Mary there was only one boy, the boy Jesus. But because her Boy identified Himself with all men she saw Him in the faces of all boys, big and small, who to the end would call her mother…

 

This is how I wish you to love me, my son. Love others because they are one with me, "I in them, and thou in me." The test of your love for Me is the universality of your love for other men. Look at my life – I loved John so that he became known as The Beloved Disciple. I loved the sinful woman whom I would not condemn. I loved Pilate and Herod: "Father, forgive them." My love abounded in variety and was not exclusive. I am in all men and You must love Me in them.

Lord, when I look into the face of man or woman bowed down with worry and discouragement, it is really a little bit of the Agony in the Garden that I am seeing. You still carry Your Cross in those who suffer. You are in all these people. You are one with them. Even the soul in sin is identified with You in the tomb, and so I will approach that sinner with the same reverence with which I would approach Your grave.

 

Lord, do not let me be just charitable to people, let me love them as You did. It is in men that You relive the life of love You began. Teach me to abide in Your love, Lord.

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