“I have much more to say to you, but you can’t handle it now. However, when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you in all truth” (John 16:12,13 The Common English Bible).
The moment we tell ourselves that we know the truth of God with nothing more to learn; what we are in effect saying is that we are satisfied with being lost in ourselves. Just the notion that we think that our knowledge and experience of God is an end in and of itself, suggests that we have lost hope and disregarded faith. When we limit our knowledge of the truth about God to ourselves, we are giving in to our false-sense of self.
The Holy Spirit leads us into our true self by guiding us again and again into a new experience of God. Every fresh encounter with God’s Spirit of truth is a moment of rebirth. Contemplative prayer helps us to open our hearts to a fresh breath of the Holy Spirit that unlocks our eternal truth in the Light of God’s Incarnate Word who is Jesus the Christ.
Abba Poeman once said, “So when people hear the word of God frequently, their hearts are opened to the fear of God.” St. Benedict picks up on this same idea in the Prologue of The Rule when he wrote, “Let us open our eyes to the light that comes from God, and our ears to the voice from heaven that every day calls out this charge: If you hear his voice today, do not harden your hearts (Psalm 95)” (See RB:1980: The Rule of St. Benedict in English, p.16).
An encounter with the Holy Spirit of God’s truth begins with silence and listening. When we take some time in solitude with the God who is “I AM” the Holy One leads us to “incline the ear of our heart.” As we listen in silence and solitude Holy Spirit does the work that Jesus promised us, which is to lead us to a deep and profound truth through which we experience the Resurrection of new life with God.
“Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with the grace of God, like the chick who tastes nothing and eats nothing but what his mother brings him” (From the Rule of St. Romauld).
Are you letting the Holy Spirit continue guiding you into all truth?
Peace be with all who enter here.
Brother Anselm Philip King-Lowe, OSB-CoS
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