Catholic Contemplative Affiliation

Contemplative Notes

Contemplative Notes

 


Posted,  July 8, 2017

 

In John 21: 15-21, there is a dialogue between the Risen Jesus and Simon Peter.  It is a dialogue of love between Jesus and Simon Peter.  It is simplified in the underlying declaration: I LOVE YOU.

 

In fact, the dialogue is transformed into the oneness of love, “abide in me as I abide in you.”

 

It is a wonderful Gospel testimony to contemplative prayer.

 

In the period of prayer, remain in silent love—the love infused by the gift of the Holy Spirit within—and when we are moved away by the torrent of thoughts and images, return gently to the bonding phrase between Jesus and Simon Peter: I love you.


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The Prayer at Liturgy for the Feast of Corpus Christi:

 

The Prayer at Liturgy for the Feast of Corpus Christi:

 

O God, Lord Jesus in your divinity,

You left a memorial of your passion under the marvelous sacrament-signs of the Holy Eucharist,

Give, we ask of you,

That we may so venerate and adore the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood,

That we may experience always the fruit of your redemption within us

Lord Jesus, who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.

Amen.

 

And the “fruit of your redemption” is the righteousness of God given freely as grace in faith flowing from the Blood of the Cross of Jesus. 

From this prayer, read Romans 3:21-26 to hear the fruit of redemption.

Read Romans 5:1-5 for the fuller description of the fruit of redemption.

 

And a daily practice of silent prayer of love and adoration is an immersion into the Sacred Mystery of redemption, and even more, wonderfully if possible, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, that very mystery, here and now.

 

 

 

--William Fredrickson, Obl.OSB, D.Min.
 

 


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