On Meditation

You must walk for a long while in the way of the sinners who are beginning to seek God; ordinary meditation is your lot, too happy that God condescends to admit you to it. Walk then in the spirit, like Abraham, without knowing whither you go; be content with your daily bread, and remember that in the desert the manna of to-day could not be preserved until to-morrow without corrupting. The children of God must be shut up to the grace of the present moment, without desiring to foresee the designs of Providence concerning them.

Meditate, then, since now is your opportunity, upon all the mysteries of Jesus Christ and upon all the Gospel truths which you have for so long a time ignored and rejected. In the meantime, dwell in peace in the bosom of God, like a little child on the breast of its mother; be satisfied with thinking on your chosen subject simply and easily; suffer yourself to be led gently to the truths which affect you, and which you find to nourish your heart. Do not encumber yourself with a great number of thoughts upon a subject; but dwell upon each sufficiently long to allow it to afford its proper nourishment to the heart.

As for higher things, have no thoughts of them; there is a time for everything, and it is of the greatest importance that nothing should be precipitated. One of the cardinal rules of the spiritual life is, that we are to live exclusively in the present moment, without casting a look beyond.

There is no necessity now for moving rapidly. Shut your eyes and commit yourself to Him.

How wonderful is this walking with Abraham in pure faith, not knowing whither we go! and how full of blessings is the path! God will then be your guide; He himself will travel with you, Ah! what will be your blessedness if you will but surrender yourself into the hands of God, permitting him to do whatever He will, not according to your desires, but according to His own good pleasure!

 The Inner Life – Francois Fenelon


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