Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lk 24:35-48 More Than A Feeling: Experience

Thursday within the Octave of Easter
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The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way, and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of the bread.

A while back I was asked to give a talk to our 8th graders about Confirmation.  When the time came for questions, I was pleasantly surprised.  The kids bombarded me with lots of questions, and the questions were fantastic.  I was so proud of them.  I felt like they had paid attention to what I had said and it caused them to reflect and react.  One question in particular stood out among the rest:  "What do you do when you don't feel God?"

More than a feeling.   "Excellent question!" I said. "You all know the song, 'Feelings,' right?"  Well, they didn't.  I was wrong.  I was way off on my timeline, and the kids just starred at me as if I had two heads on my shoulders. 

"Whoops!  I guess that was a little before your time.  What I meant to say is that you all know the song 'More than a feeling,' right?"   Now their heads shot up in agreement. 

This is what I told them.

Well, feelings are fine, but they are not as essential to our faith as the facts of our faith.  And so if we want to get to know the Lord better, then we better get our facts (and faith) straight. 

What are some of the facts.

Fact: The Lord came into the world for us.  Fact: He preached for us.  Fact: He even lived and died for us. Fact: He rose from the dead. Fact: He forgave our sins and now insists that we forgive those who trespass against us. Fact: He gave us a new commandment:  'love one another as I have loved you.'  Fact: He gave us his body and blood to eat and drink. Fact: He insists we give more of our selves to others. Fact: He put Peter in charge of His Church.

The Creed (along with religion classes) are an excellent resource to get to know the facts of our faith.  But facts will only take us so far.  We all know that if you want to learn how to drive, then you have to get behind the wheel.  Reading a driver's manual is simply not enough.  You need to have a driving experience. 

The same goes for the Lord.  If you want to get to know the Lord better in your life, then you need to experience His presence in your life; that is, you need to have a personal encounter with the Lord.  

Personal experience is more than a feeling.  It means witnessing firsthand what the Lord has done, and done for you.

Our Lord (and our faith) demands such experience, and this experience goes well beyond feelings.  In fact, it may actually contradict our feelings.

With regards to faith experiences, St. Paul put it best when he wrote: 'It is no longer I who live in me, but Christ who lives in me' (cf. Gal 2:20). 

How do we get an experience of the Lord?  Simple:  Take His Life and live it.


  1. My son came home from a retreat a few weeks ago. I asked him how it was. He said it was ok. He usually gets a lot out of the retreats so I knew his answer was trying to tell me something else. So I asked, what happened? He said with tears in his eyes that he didn't ‘feel God’s presence’ during adoration.

    I was ‘overjoyed’, not fearful! If he didn't feel God’s presence this time, it means that he felt God’s presence sometime before! To be in the presence of God “and know it” is everything!! How many people I have talked with that has never mentioned that they have been “in the presence of God”! I didn't feel sorry for my son – I felt overjoyed! I told him so... I hope he got it.

  2. You keep calling those things "facts." I don't think that is the word you mean. Assertions perhaps?

    1. No. The way that it is used in this meditation is perfectly legitimate.

      FACT: a thing that is indisputably the case.
      For example: "she lacks political experience—a fact that becomes clear when she appears in public"

      In my case, it is even more objective than the above example. As stated in the meditations: "Well, feelings are fine, but they are not as essential to our faith as the facts of our faith." FACTS OF OUR FAITH. This is no assertion. This is what our Church teaches.


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