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The Womb of God, Pt. II

Series: 
Heartfulness
Week: 
3

A weekly message from Fr. Thomas Keating on Awakening to the Contemplative Dimension of Life

 

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English Transcript: 

Remember in Isaiah, there’s a saying: ‘Can a mother forget the child of her womb?
And the answer of God is, well … ‘if she should forget, I will never forget.’ (Isaiah 49: 15)
This suggests there is something equivalent to the ideal environment
of a womb that is present in God:
… along with the concern and the total giving of the mother’s body
to the child during the time of infancy
… she literally gives her blood to this infant.
So God is constantly giving his divine life, or blood, so to speak,
to all creation  as it has the nature to receive it.

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Love is patient,
love is kind.
It is not jealous,
is not pompous,
does not envy,
it is not inflated.

1 Corinthians 13: 4

Selections from the works of Fr. Thomas Keating for further study
on the nature of divine love that flows from divine union:

Prayer in Secret and The Reward of Prayer in Secret, Manifesting God

The Christian Contemplative Tradition, Intimacy with God

Divine Indwelling, Heartfulness: Transformation in Christ
 

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For Archives of past Habit of Heartfulness segments visit Heartfulness Archives


 

Spanish Transcript: 

El Seno Materno de Dios, parte II

Recuerda, en Isaías hay una expresión: "¿Puede una madre olvidarse del niño de sus entrañas?" Y la respuesta de Dios es, bueno…. "Aunque ella se olvide, Yo nunca te olvidaré". (Isaías 49:15)

Esto sugiere que hay algo equivalente al ambiente ideal del seno materno que está presente en Dios:

          …junto con la preocupación y la entrega total del cuerpo de la madre
                         al niño durante la infancia
                      …ella literalmente da su sangre a esta criatura.
Así  Dios esta constantemente dando su vida divina o su sangre, por así decirlo,
          a toda la creación, en la medida en que ésta tiene la capacidad de recibirla.

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El amor es paciente   
El amor es amable
El no es celoso
no es fanfarrón
no es envidioso
no es orgulloso.
1Corintios, 13:4

 

Selecciones de las obras del Padre Thomas Keating para estudio adicional
sobre la naturaleza del amor divino que fluye de la unión divina:

LA ORACIÓN EN SECRETO y LA RECOMPENSA DE LA ORACIÓN EN SECRETO,
Manifestando a Dios

LA TRADICIÓN CONTEMPLATIVA CRISTIANA, Intimidad con Dios

LA INHABITACION DIVINA,  Con Todo El Corazón Transformación en Cristo

 

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