Practice meditation for a fixed period and at a fixed time

Practice meditation for a fixed period and at a fixed time. Otherwise we would be putting our own convenience first; that would be a lack of mortification. And prayer without mortification is not at all effective. – St Josemaria, Furrow

Overcome any sluggishness you may feel, and the false excuse that prayer can wait for later. Let us never put off this vital source of grace until tomorrow. Now is the right time. God, who is a loving spectator of everything we do, watches over our most intimate needs. You and I, I tell you once again, we need to confide in him as we might confide in a brother, a friend, a father. Tell him, as I am telling him now, that he is all greatness, all goodness, all mercy. Tell him also, ‘This is why I want to fall in love with you, despite my rough manner and poor hands, soiled and ill‑treated by the dust and grime of this earth’…

Each day without fail we should devote some time specially to God, raising our minds to him, without any need for the words to come to our lips, for they are being sung in our heart. Let us give enough time to this devout practice; at a fixed hour, if possible. Before the Tabernacle, close to him who has remained there out of Love. If this is not possible, we can pray anywhere because our God is ineffably present in the heart of every soul in grace.

– St Josemaria, Friends of God

What is the essence of meditation?

The essence of meditation is a prayerful seeking that starts with a sacred text or a sacred image and explores the will, the signs, and the presence of God. We cannot “read” sacred images and texts the way we read things in the newspaper that do not immediately concern us. Instead, we should meditate on them; in other words I should lift my heart to God and tell him that I am now quite open to what God wants to say to me through what I have read or seen. Besides Sacred Scripture, there are many texts that lead to God and are suitable for meditative prayer.

Méditations

Dieu t’aime depuis toujours et pour toujours. Il t’a aimé et tu as été créé. Il t’aime et tu vis aujourd’hui. Il ne revient jamais sur ses pas ; son amour est éternel ; il nous aimera toujours, peu importe ce que l’on fait ou laisse faire. Son amour nous relève, nous garde du mal, non pas parce que notre vie n’a pas de soucis, mais parce qu’elle est accompagnée, inondée de sa présence d’amour. Répétons dans notre cœur cette phrase du prophète Jérémie, en demandant la grâce de comprendre aujourd’hui un peu plus ce que cela veut dire : « Je t’ai aimé d’un amour éternel, aussi je te garde ma bienveillance. »

Face à un si grand amour, comment ne pas se reconnaître petit. Seigneur « aie pitié de moi », continue de regarder ton serviteur, de le protéger, de le garder de t’offenser. Il est parfois difficile de faire sienne cette prière de la cananéenne, « Seigneur, aie pitié de moi ». Suis-je capable aujourd’hui, de faire cette prière du fond de mon cœur ? Si cela m’est difficile, pourquoi je n’y arrive pas ? Est-ce que je crois pouvoir tout, seul ? Est-ce que je crois ne pas avoir besoin du regard bienveillant de quelqu’un d’autre ? Ou est-ce que je rejette le fait de me savoir faible, ayant besoin d’un autre. Mais il ne s’agit pas d’un autre quelconque, il s’agit du Seigneur qui me regarde avec amour encore une fois ! D’un amour encore plus tendre par le fait que j’ai reconnu mon besoin de lui. Les parents, les adultes ne sont-ils pas touchés par un enfant qui demande de l’aide pour marcher, s’attacher ses lacets ? Le laisseront-t-ils se traîner par terre, au risque de tomber, par négligence ? Un père bienveillant, attentif, ne ferait pas cela.

Seigneur, je veux arriver à me prosterner devant toi, à demander ton aide, ta bienveillance. Je suis un peu plus conscient, aujourd’hui, de ton amour inconditionnel envers moi. Je veux à nouveau renouveler ma foi, pour te dire avec la cananéenne : « Aie pitié de moi, Seigneur, fils de David. »

Répéter plusieurs fois dans la journée : « Aie pitié de moi, Seigneur ! »

– Sabine Laxague, consacrée de Regnum Christi

Getting to know Him will give rise to Love

This is the only way to get to know Jesus: speak to him. You will always find in him a Father, a Friend, an Adviser, a Helper in all the noble deeds of your everyday life. And getting to know Him will give rise to Love. – St Josemaria, The Forge
If you try to meditate, Our Lord will not deny you his assistance. Faith and deeds of faith are what matter: deeds, because, as you have known from the beginning and as I told you clearly at the time, the Lord demands more from us each day. This is already contemplation and union. This is the way many Christians should live, each one forging ahead along his own spiritual path (there are countless paths) in the midst of the cares of the world, even though he may not even realise what is happening to him.

Such prayer and behaviour do not take us away from our ordinary activities. In the midst of our noble human zeal they lead us to Our Lord. When men offer up all their cares and occupations to God they make the world divine. How often have I reminded you of the myth of King Midas, who turned all he touched into gold! We, despite our personal failings, can turn all we touch into the gold of supernatural merit.

This is the way our God does things. When the prodigal returns, having squandered his fortune in riotous living and, worst of all, having forgotten about his father, his father says: ‘Quick! Bring out the best robe, and clothe him in it; put a ring on his finger, and shoes on his feet. Then bring out the calf that has been fattened, and kill it; let us eat, and make merry.’ Our Father God, when we come to him repentant, draws, from our wretchedness, treasure; from our weakness, strength. What then will he prepare for us, if we don’t forsake him, if we go to him daily, if we talk lovingly to him and confirm our love with deeds, if we go to him for everything, trusting in his almighty power and mercy?

– St Josemaria, Friends of God