Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Midweek Meditation: "Renewal of Prayer" (J.-P. Dubois-Dumée)

In this spiritual renewal, I believe that one can detect among other things:

  • a need for permanence in a civilization of transience;
  • a need for the Absolute when all else is be- coming relative;
  • a need for silence in the midst of noise;
  • a need for gratuitousness in the face of unbelievable greed;
  • a need for poverty amid the flaunting of wealth;
  • a need for contemplation in a century of action, for without contemplation, action risks becoming mere agitation;
  • a need for communication in a universe content with entertainment and sensational- ism;
  • a need for peace amid today’s universal outbursts of violence;
  • a need for quality to counterbalance the increasingly prevalent response to quantity;
  • a need for humility to counteract the arrogance of power and science;
  • a need for human warmth when every- thing is being rationalized or computerized;
  • a need to belong to a small group rather than to be part of the crowd;
  • a need for slowness to compensate the present eagerness for speed;
  • a need for truth when the real meaning of words is distorted in political speeches and sometimes even in religious discourses;
  • a need for transparency when everything seems opaque.

Yes, a need for the interior life . . (J.-P. Dubois-Dumée, “Renewal of Prayer,” Lumen Vitae 38, no. 3, 1983: p273–274)

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...


Those most probable of finding God's truth are those who are honestly seeking God.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.(NKJV)

Why would anyone who is seeking God and His truth not start by praying that God would show them His truth and His truth alone. Only God has the complete truth.

God has only one book of His truth, that is the sixty-six books of the Holy Bible. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Bible commentaries are not Scripture.

Church creed books are not Scripture.

Book written by popular preachers are not Scripture.

Church statements of faith are not Scripture.

The writings of theologians are not Scripture.

So-called books of new revelation are not Scripture.

When the opinions of men conflict with God's Scripture, men end up uncertain of their salvation, lost, and alone.


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