Transforming Union

Reading

Once the deepest center of being opens to us, its silence becomes increasingly accessible as a refuge of peace. We are subtly lured into this center by infusions of joy and love which increase our desire to remain in this dimension. In itself, this dimension is both a conscious awareness and a subtle feeling of deep interior space, a space so deep it seems at times to go through our being and out beyond ourself. As we acclimate to living in the center we lose the old habit of being swayed by thought and feeling because they can no longer draw us out, disturb our peace, or reach to this deeper dimension. Thus, the process of learning to live at the center is the process of unification and transformation, otherwise known in contemplative literature as “transforming union.” It means we are losing old ways of acting and responding in order to learn how to live at the center in union with God.

— Bernadette Roberts, The Path to No-Self: Life at the Center

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, open our hearts to the silent presence of the spirit of your Son. Lead us into that mysterious silence where your love is revealed to all who call, “Maranatha — Come, Lord Jesus.”

Silent Sitting

Closing Prayer

May this group be a true spiritual home for the seeker, a friend for the lonely, a guide for the confused. May those who pray here be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to serve all who come, and to receive them as Christ Himself. In the silence of this room, may all the suffering, violence, and confusion of the world encounter the Power that will console, renew, and uplift the human spirit.

May this silence be a power to open the hearts of men and women to the vision of God and so to each other, in love and peace, justice and human dignity. May the beauty of the divine life fill this group, and the hearts of all who pray here, with joyful hope. May all who come here weighed down by the problems of humanity leave giving thanks for the wonder of human life. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Introductions

Lectio Divina

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

— Romans 12:2

Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.

— Numbers 6:24–26