I’m not accustomed to writing about stuff I read. But I plan here to share with you some of the reading I have done along the way, and when the spirit moves me, to offer some thoughts and reactions.
In the Jesuit Guide, for example, Fr. James Martin SJ writes about the basics — what is prayer, how to pray, how to find God, where to find God — sharing his own personal experience and perspective. He discusses the frustrations and inhibitions that he has felt with his own prayer, as well as his joy of discovering deeper and deeper ways to know and serve God.
Part of what caused me to begin this blog was the realization, after reading Fr. Martin’s descriptions of prayer, that I have used and continue to use several of the prayer forms he describes. I have felt in past that some of these these were just me being silly (especially in the case of writing letters, even love poems, to God), but after reading Fr. Martin’s writing, I felt a sense of liberation realizing that many of the ways through which I have communicated with and honored God were what other people (people who actually know what they are supposed to be doing!) are doing. WOW!
And yet, re-reading in 2019 this entry which was originally written in 2013, I realize that I like others before me was being led by the grace of the Holy Spirit. That my longing to write my prayers, my conversations with God, were not an impulses of my own making, but gifts of the Holy Spirit.