Posted by: Daniel Comstock | August 17, 2006

Focussing Our Minds and Hearts By Henri Nouwen

How can we stay in solitude when we feel that deep urge to
be distracted by people and events?   The most simple way is
to focus our minds and hearts on a word or picture that
reminds us of God.  By repeating quietly:  “The Lord is my
shepherd, there is nothing I shall want,” or by gazing
lovingly at an icon of Jesus, we can bring our restless
minds to some rest and experience a gentle divine presence.

This doesn’t happen overnight.  It asks a faithful practice.
But when we spend a few moments every day just being with
God, our endless distractions will gradually disappear.

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