Once we have learned to be with, accept, and quiet the mental and emotional charges keeping us separate and unintegrated within ourselves, and become one with the Presence of God that we essentially are, then we can begin to sense God as also present outside ourselves, underlying the apparently diverse and separate shapes and forms that seem distant and apart from us. Loving enemies becomes God’s work in us, not our work. We begin to feel the shared Presence we have in common. We consciously look for the evidence that we are one unified body, one unified heart, and unified field of energy or grace.
Fr. Nicholas Amato
Father Nicholas is a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and has been ordained 48 years. He has served over 20 of them as a pastor. Father is a graduate of the Shalem Institute and has done three-month sabbaticals in Rome, in Israel, and at Mepkin (Trappist) Abbey in South Carolina. He served as adjunct faculty at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington and also on the Spiritual Formation staff at St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring. He leads contemplative directed retreats at Mepkin Trappist Abbey in South Carolina, and was Executive Director of its Priest Wellness Program. In addition to his retreat ministry, he has published two books: Living in God’s Presence: Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action and this year, Moving from Stress to Joy. He has Masters degrees in Counseling and in Theology, and a Doctorate in Educational Management.
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