Online Meditation Readings

1) READING

A selection from "Touching Reality" by Laurence Freeman (a tape series available from www.mediomedia.com)
 
Meditation is a following of the human trail, the human journey, with all its twists and turns. It’s a way of following the trail to the center of reality. And once at that center, we are able to experience a oneness which is peace and joy and love. The differences have been transcended, the dualities resolved. This is the great importance of meditation for the world today. We don’t meditate only for our own private peace of mind. Every meditator meditates with a growing sense that his or her journey of meditation is of profound importance to others. And gradually we come to realize that meditation is the means of coming to a unified vision of the world. We are able to look at the world and see oneness rather than division. We actually see it for ourselves; we experience it. We are not just hoping for it or daydreaming about it: we are able to see it. And that’s the vision of God.
 
Saint Augustine said that the whole purpose of this life is to restore to health the eye of the heart, by which God can be seen---in ourselves, in others, in all. That is the whole purpose of this life. So meditation is the means by which we purify the heart, we restore health to the eye of the heart so that we can recognize and experience the presence of God wherever we are, whoever we are with.  Even in the midst of conflict and discord. Meditation gives us the opportunity to glimpse, to experience the oneness, the unity of creation.
 
As we follow the trail, we find the freedom to transcend the dualities that otherwise keep us locked, individually and collectively, into conflict, suspicion, anger and violence—verbal, psychological, or physical. We see another way.
 
2) OPENING PRAYER AND MEDITATION
 
"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'."
 
3) MEDITATION
 
4) READING AFTER MEDITATION

After meditation: from Wisdom 6: 12-14 in CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY BIBLE (Claretian: Quezon City, Philippines, 1997), p. 924.
 
Wisdom is luminous and never tarnished. She willingly lets herself be seen by those who love her and known by those who look for her. She hastens to meet those who long for her. Seek her in the morning and you will not be disappointed. You will find her sitting at your door.
 
 
5) SHARING, COMMENTS
 
6) FINAL PRAYER
 
"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."