Finding God's Goodness

Week Thirty-Three. Beautiful Hope. Warm Heart.

Month Eight – Valuing My Body. Temperance with hope leads to self-control. 

What melts the coldness in your heart? Prayer (meditation) is a transformative practice that melts the hardness of living in a fallen world. What is a cold heart? As the song Cold Heart laments “it’s a human sign when things go wrong.” We think we keep this hidden but usually we’re only hiding from ourselves. 

While St. Teresa was well acquainted with methods of meditation, she emphatically insisted that the primary need for beginners is not to find the ideal method but to do God’s will from moment to moment throughout the day. As a beginner, this is a hard concept to grasp. Our whole aim of prayer should be that I work and prepare myself with determination and every effort to bring my will in conformity with God’s will. As I live in more perfect conformity to God’s will, I will receive more from the Lord and be more advanced on the road in prayer.

This is what warms my cold heart hardened by the pains of the world and brings me back to my original innocence and true self. Even though things of the world may “look better” and temptation is strong, prayer helps me realize I’m just passing through this material world. Prayer warms my heart into a hopeful one each day with an eternal perspective. 

There is a deep relationship between the inner revolution of prayer and the transformation of social structures and social consciousness. Our hope lies in the fact that meditation is going to change the society that we live in, just as it has changed us.

Father Richard Rohr

Thank you Lord for warming my heart into Your hope. 

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