Online Meditation Readings


An excerpt from “Without Expectations” in The Hunger for Depth and Meaning: Learning to Meditate with John Main, ed. Peter Ng (Singapore: Medio Media, 2007), p. 112.
When we begin, we are likely to come to meditation with all sorts of expectations. It will bring us peace, help us concentrate better, help us in our personal relationships. But one of the principal things we must learn in meditation is to meditate without expectation. The road we are treading is the path of dispossession. We must learn to let go of our desire for wisdom, for knowledge, for holiness, for whatever. We begin to appreciate the sheer wonder of the experience of prayer itself, the wonder of entering into the limitlessness, the uncharted seas of the divine reality, to describe which there are no words available. We being to learn that praying for things is so often indulging our own desires. And we must be very clear about this. We must pass beyond all desire.

We are not meditating in order to get some sort of insight. In fact we are not meditating to gain any possession whatsoever. Now that is a very difficult concept to come to terms with because we are all brought up to be such materialists, such possessors, such controllers. To sit down and to voluntarily make ourselves poor, to dispossess ourselves, as we enter into the presence of God, is such a challenge. For many of us, especially at the beginning, it will seem that the time we spend in mediation is a complete and utter waste of time. You will say, “Now what did I get out of that?” Nothing. “What happened?” Nothing. But it doesn’t matter what happens. All that matters is that you say your word. And that you grasp that the essence of meditation is that we become absorbed in God, where we lose all sense of ourselves and find ourselves only in God.  

"Heavenly Father, open our hearts to the silent presence of the spirit of your Son. Lead us into that mysterious silence where your love is revealed to all who call, 'Maranatha…Come, Lord Jesus'."
After meditation, “What the Silence Says” by Marie Howe in MAGDALENE:POEMS (New York: Norton, 2018), location 705 in e-book.
What the Silence Says
I know that you think you already know but---
Longer than that.
even longer than that.
"May this group be a true spiritual home for the seeker, a friend for the lonely, a guide for the confused. May those who pray here be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to serve all who come, and to receive them as Christ Himself. In the silence of this room may all the suffering, violence, and confusion of the world encounter the Power that will console, renew and uplift the human spirit.
May this silence be a power to open the hearts of men and women to the vision of God, and so to each other, in love and peace, justice and human dignity. May the beauty of the divine life, fill this group and the hearts of all who pray here, with joyful hope. May all who come here weighed down by the problems of humanity leave giving thanks for the wonder of human life. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN."