Presence of God
Man was created in the image of God. Like the angels, man resembles God in his capacity to know and to love. Jesus teaches us to love God with all our mind. By having an abiding presence of God, we stand a good chance of not giving in to temptation.
We want to imitate Jesus' filial dealing with His Father and experience the transformation that comes with the practice of spiritual childhood. It is thus important for us to learn how to keep a continual dialogue with God, making use of words and affections to express our total dependence on him and our complete trust in his goodness and providence.
We also know that God—in fact, the Blessed Trinity—dwells in the soul of a person in the state of grace. This thought provides not only more compelling reason for keeping ourselves in a state of friendship with God, but also a sense of closeness and intimacy that further fires up our desire to commune and converse with God who is truly present in our soul and who thus turns us into real living tabernacles!
So, even while immersed in the most ordinary affairs of everyday life, we can keep an inner conversation with God going through aspirations or brief acts of adoration, thanksgiving, atonement, or petition. We can also give each day a special theme to help us stay in God’s presence. St Josemaria Escriva dedicated Mondays to dealing with the holy souls in purgatory, Tuesdays to the guardian angels, Wednesdays to St. Joseph, Thursdays to the Holy Eucharist, Fridays to Christ's Passion, Saturdays to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Sundays to the Blessed Trinity.
When we earnestly struggle to live presence of God, God rewards our effort by giving us an inner serenity and joy, as well as a more optimistic and supernatural outlook. We begin to think like Christ and end up seeking to do God’s will and loving whatever God wants us to do for him. We are transformed into another Christ.
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