Coming Home to God in Prayer

Prayer is our highest fulfillment. It is the highest art of living. It is what we should naturally enjoy doing; for we were made for God for this communication . . . for this communion. Prayer is the door that opens up into the mystery of God. It is not a striving as much as a trustful opening of the doors of our spirits to let God enter. It is a listening and a deepening of the consciousness that God is present and with us always.
God calls us to share abundantly in His life. Our desire for and development of a spiritual life, lived with Him, and centered in faith, hope, and love, is our response to this call. The foundation of this spiritual life is first and foremost a seeking for God through prayer.  This seeking or journey of love leads us into a place of stillness and grace which is deep within our soul…where God is hidden.
As our relationship deepens, our ever-growing desire for God increases our capacity to receive Him, which over time transforms our simple prayer into a life of loving contemplation, companionship, and, ultimately, union with Him. This ‘abiding in God’ which strives to live according to His holy will is the only way to make a continual prayer of one’s life.

Such is Christ’s last wish, his supreme prayer before He returns to the Father. He wants us to be there also where He is; not only during eternity but already in time which is eternity already begun…The Trinity, that is our dwelling place, our ‘home’ the paternal house which we must never leave…

- St. John of the Cross

Prayer … is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him whom we know loves us.

- St. Teresa of Jesus

To find a hidden thing one must enter very secretly into that same hidden place where it is…And since our dear Lord is the treasure hidden in your soul…it is fitting that like the wise merchant who gave up everything to find the treasure hidden in the field, we need to give up everything, forget everything, withdraw from everything to enter into the depths of our soul, the place where God hides Himself.

- St. John of the Cross