45 – You never know where and how you will find God

All Christians know, especially in moments of doubt and affliction, where and how to find God and obtain relief for their souls. Prayer, whether mental or vocal, is where we have the certainty of finding God, as he himself has promised us: ‘where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them’(Mt 18:17). The Most High is always disposed to hear us and attend to our necessities. At any moment we can put our soul in contact with him, all we have to do is recollect ourselves in the midst of our daily cares, and direct a plea to him, and he speaks to us mysteriously in the depths of our heart and our conscience. Right off, this idea, which sounds so natural to us, seems to clash with the affirmation: ‘You never know where and how you will find God’ since ‘you are not setting the time and place of the encounter with him’.
Has God changed his way of reacting to our requests? Is there a new way of encountering God? We need to clarify concepts.

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter in the various parts of our study

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I – God takes the initiative, but he demands our cooperation and help
II – God gave us the means to find Him easily

I – God takes the initiative, but he demands our cooperation and help

Pius XII

An unhealthy quietism: attribute the whole spiritual life to the God’s action, neglecting our due collaboration

II – God gave us the means to find Him easily

Sacred Scripture

Jesus himself taught us where and how to find him

Catechism of the Catholic Church

We can be continually in the presence of God
Ways of placing ourselves in the presence of God

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The Liturgy, a way to encounter God

Pius XII

God sets the time and place to meet with us
Mutual encounter is good, but to live in Christ is better and more necessary
Sacraments possess objective power to make us sharers in the divine life of Jesus Christ
At Holy Mass, God will undoubtedly be present
Through prayer we can encounter the Blessed Trinity

Saint Irenaeus of Lyon

Our place of encounter: where the Church is, there God is; and vice versa

John Paul II

Ever since the olden times God could been encountered in his temple

Saint Augustine of Hippo

If the soul does not elevate itself, it does not know where or how to find God
Where to find God?
God is also found in the souls of his faithful

Pius X

Necessity of constant prayer for spiritual progress

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