The Interior Rhythm of Grace

post010Here is a passage from Fr. Jacques Philippe which is well worth pondering and applying to our own lives:

“If we try to live (in such a way) that (we) deepen our relationship with God and our prayer life, so that we can perceive His presence and live as much as possible in communion with His indwelling, we shall discover something wonderful:  the interior rhythm of grace that our life follows at its deepest level.

“It might be said that there are two modes of time: time of the head and time of the heart.  The first is psychological time, the time in our minds, which we make calculations about, and divide into hours and days to be managed and planned.  This kind of time always goes either too fast or too slowly.

“But there is another sort of time, experienced at certain moments of happiness or grace, though it always exists.  This is God’s time, the time of the deep rhythms of grace in our lives.  It is composed of a succession of moments harmoniously linked.  Each of those moments is complete in itself, full, because in it we do what we have to do, in communion with God’s will.  That time is communion with eternity.  It is time we receive as a gift.

“If we always lived in that time, we would have much less opportunity for harm and wrongdoing.  The devil slips into time we live badly because we are refusing something or grasping too eagerly at something else.

“The saints habitually lived in that interior time.  To do that required great inner freedom, total detachment from our own plans and programs and inclinations.  We must be ready to do in an instant just what we hadn’t expected, to live in total self-abandonment, with no other concern than doing God’s will and being fully available to people and events.  We also need to experience in prayer God’s presence within us and to listen inwardly to the Holy Spirit so as to follow His suggestions.

“Then nothing is left to chance.  Often we may journey in darkness, but we sense that our lives are unfolding in a rhythm we do not control but to which we are happy to abandon ourselves and by which all events are arranged with infinite wisdom.”        (from Interior Freedom, Scepter Pub., 2002)

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