Meditation: A Great Catholic Bonus

Written by A K Whitehead

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We do buyrepparttar Bible but we seem to make little use of it.. Why?

Why Meditation Is Important Probablyrepparttar 126949 major reason is that people often findrepparttar 126950 Bible to be boring. It is of little use to tell people that it is not boring if that is their experience. There are many reasons for this impression. However,repparttar 126951 purpose here is not to explore these but to suggest that meditation on God's word in Scripture is the major way to discover that it is anything but boring - in fact, to find that it isrepparttar 126952 most exciting book every written. And that it is a key to unlocking our further spiritual growth.

We cannot go into a proper instruction here on how to meditate on Scripture, but we can make two major points which may encourage repparttar 126953 reader to explore further. (e.g. throughrepparttar 126954 present writer's The Keys To Christian Meditation).

The first is that Scripture really is God's word to us. The Catholic Church does teach that every word of Scripture is divinely inspired. Thusrepparttar 126955 Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation says it teaches without error that truth which God wanted put into sacred writings... If God did this for our benefit,repparttar 126956 least we can do is makerepparttar 126957 effort to investigate it.

But secondly, we are missingrepparttar 126958 whole point if we seek to undertake that for ourselves. This is one, if notrepparttar 126959 main reason why people findrepparttar 126960 Bible boring. When we readrepparttar 126961 Bible, and most of all when we meditate on it, we need to ask its Author to guide us. That isrepparttar 126962 Holy Spirit, and it is he who will show us that his book is anything but boring.

Let us understand clearly what this is concerned with. We are not talking about that kind of divine revelation which properly belongs torepparttar 126963 Church. We are opening ourselves to those personal communications ofrepparttar 126964 Spirit to which so many ofrepparttar 126965 saints have opened themselves. God communicates with his people in all kinds of ways, but this is one ofrepparttar 126966 most important. And so many of us miss it. We may not have lostrepparttar 126967 plot but readingrepparttar 126968 Book certainly helps us to put it up front. And meditating on it does more than merely keep it there. Meditation on Scripture hasrepparttar 126969 potential to bring us into a new experiencial knowledge of God and a much deeper understanding of our life of faith.

A K Whitehead Web Site: Email: Experience: Over twenty years in Christian healing, teaching and writing. Qualifications: B.A., M.Phil., Camb Univ Cert in Religious Studies This article may be reproduced on condition that it is unaltered and that all this information is included

A Change of Priorities: Witness

Written by A K Whitehead

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It was an amazing event, but it was not my own personal experience and did not change my agnosticism. But it did something, and we continued going down to this church every Friday evenings (as it turned out, forrepparttar next five years or so without missing once).

A few weeks later I saw a five day conference advertised for August onrepparttar 126948 church notice board. Much against her better judgement, because she felt we were not ready for a full five days of praise and tongues and all that went along with it, I persuaded Iris that we should book.

The conference turned out to be interesting and entertaining but by Wednesday we were both somewhat disappointed. We had both gone with our own very specific questions. Iris was askingrepparttar 126949 Lord whatrepparttar 126950 meaning and relevance of this outpouring of spiritual gifts was about; and I was still asking if there was a God. Halfway through, neither of us seemed to be getting any answers.

But that afternoon was given over torepparttar 126951 youth - a prospect which did not exactly fill me with enthusiasm. So I groaned inwardly and slid down in my seat when one ofrepparttar 126952 two youths who were to speak fell uprepparttar 126953 steps torepparttar 126954 stage. Which of a thousand better places could I have been at?

Butrepparttar 126955 answer to that was soon apparent: no better place existed for me at that time.

I was completely stunned atrepparttar 126956 witness these two lads gave as to how God worked in their lives. It had never occurred to me that God would ever use any "ordinary" person in this kind of way. Then, towardsrepparttar 126957 end of their witness, I felt something almost physical sweep over me fromrepparttar 126958 two young men onrepparttar 126959 stage. I can only describe it as waves of sanctity, washing over me again and again. I went out ofrepparttar 126960 hall in tears, hanging on to Iris' arm because I could not see where I was going.

The period from there up torepparttar 126961 healing Mass on Thursday evening passed pleasantly enough. Whenrepparttar 126962 prayers for healing began, there was an immense sense ofrepparttar 126963 power ofrepparttar 126964 Spirit present and some people were "falling inrepparttar 126965 Spirit" even before they got to be prayed with. I joinedrepparttar 126966 queue inrepparttar 126967 isle and when I was prayed over... experienced absolutely nothing! I felt deeply disappointed, but it was some years before I could admit to myself that I also felt jealous of what these others were receiving and I was not. And that let Satan in, albeit without my realising it, for I went to bed with just a sense of unease, yet sure it would be gone by morning. But it was not.

When I arose, it was still there and quickly became a deep, black despair. It was so black that, as I realised afterwards,repparttar 126968 depression could not be natural. It stayed all throughrepparttar 126969 two hours of praise during which I sat likerepparttar 126970 proverbial lump of stone. We then went intorepparttar 126971 chapel forrepparttar 126972 final mass. I remained in utter dejection. I had gone there looking for God and was now, so it seemed, further away from him than ever. I felt that I had to do something, make some effort at entering intorepparttar 126973 praise whenrepparttar 126974 Mass began.

I steeled myself for a superhuman attempt and as soon asrepparttar 126975 entrance hymn began, maderepparttar 126976 effort. Butrepparttar 126977 effort was taken from me as soon as I made it, for it was as if someone lifted me onto my feet and my hands went up in repparttar 126978 air. The great weight of depression fell away, just like a cloak falling from my shoulders, and I was praising God.

Then, it was as if I stood before God. Though without seeing him, he was, as it were, about twelve or so feet in front of me. The Holy Spirit. His love drenched and saturated me, quite literally, and it flowed out to others for days afterwards It was indescribable. All that everyone had ever said about repparttar 126979 purity of that love, its infinity, it all-encompassing nature, its complete endlessness was all so totally inadequate.

It changed my life completely, as it had changed so many lives before. And not one of those people could ever tell another what that love is actually like.

A K Whitehead Web Site: Experience: Over twenty years in Christian healing and teaching. Qualifications: B.A., M.Phil., Camb Univ Cert in Religious Studies Conditions of use: This article may be reproduced on condition that it is unaltered and that all this information is included.

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