Thy Will Be Done as Orientation and Practice

Journey to Oneness are wisdom words from Fr. Thomas Keating spoken during the filming of his last DVD series That We May Be One in July 2016. Some are included in the series; others are from footage published here for the first time. A new word will be posed every Monday throughout the year. May they serve to inspire hope and lift your heart.

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One advantage that Centering Prayer offers is that it establishes the letting go of self, the total sacrifice of ourselves, at least as the orientation and direction that grows along with our relationship with God. But, sacrifice in this world is not like it is in Heaven. It can be very difficult, very painful, unbearable at times. All kinds of difficulties can arise, both socially and in our emotional or spiritual life, but faith says that whatever happens in the present moment is God’s will and the only thing God can will is what is for our best good from his perspective. Maybe not from ours. So, by letting go of our own experience and turning it over to God, the presence of God begins to grow, even in the midst of activity.