Richard Rohr on Being Present to ‘Presence’

(Source of picture, HERE)

Prayer is basically a total life stance. It is a way of being present in the world in which we are present to the Presence and present to the Presence in all things. In a certain sense, you either pray always (or almost always) or you do not pray at all.

Being fully present to the moment and to God would be total conversion, but we’re all still learners on that path. I hope we’ve learned how to appreciate at least one or two moments, how to rest and abide in one or two special moments, and to learn to say, “This is good. This is enough. In fact, this is everything.” Once you recognize that it’s all right here, right now, then you’ll carry that awareness everywhere else. How you do anything is how you do everything. This is what Julian of Norwich meant when she looked at one little hazelnut in the palm of her hand, and said “This is everything that is” (Chapter 4, short text of her Showings).

Once we can learn to be present to the Presence, the things that used to bother us don’t bother us quite as much. The things that used to defeat us no longer defeat us. The things we thought we could never surrender to, we now can. Even to accept that we are not ready to accept something is still a form of this utterly grounding and accepting Presence.

Adapted from The Eternal Now—and how to be there! (MP3 download)

Gateway to Silence:
What this moment offers is the grace of God.


Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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