Opening Up the Life-Giving Potential of the Present Moment

by Mark Votava

abstract

In my life it is so easy to become distracted by the future or get caught up in the past.  But where I find life is only in the present moment of my days.  I cannot make sense of the present moment just like I cannot always make sense of things like love, compassion and grace.  Keeping my eye on the present moment is breaking through my dualistic thinking, oppression, prejudice, control, indifference, inertia and apathy.

  •  God lives in the present moment

God sustains, strengthens and inspires us through the present moment.  God is always living in the present moment, even if we can’t see it.  God is not dead, but alive in the present moment of our everyday lives.

  •  The present moment will not be controlled

Our silence and solitude gives us an understanding of this.  The present moment will not be controlled.  It cannot be controlled or explained.  We breathe in the present moment.

  •  Everything is about the present moment

We move and work in the present moment.  We learn in the present moment.  We interact with others in the present moment.  We experience our bodies in the present moment.

  •  The living sacrament of the present moment

The present moment is a living sacrament that can shape us from within.  We need to integrate our lives with the present moment.  This is where purpose and intentionality are found.

  •  God is at work every moment

Donald Spoto says, “God is at work every moment, sustaining everything in being…” 

  •  Being faithfully present to the present moment

The present moment will sustain our lives together.  God never abandons the present moment.  When we are faithfully present to the present moment, we will become the body of Christ in everyday life together.  God is in the sustaining of each present moment that we embody together.

  •  God cherishes the present moment

The present moment will not be forgotten by God.  God cherishes the present moment.  God dreams of days when the church will not live in the past or the future, but will embrace the present moment in the parish.  The present moment should not be an enemy, but a friend to us.

  •  Being a creative agent in the moment

Sharon Daloz Parks writes, “The practice of presence is integral to the capacity to be a creative agent in the moment – poised on the edge between the known reality and the emergent possibility.  Presence is the meeting place between the inner life of a person and the outer life of action in the world.”

  •  Christ is teaching us the way of living in the present moment

When we are present to the present moment, this is where we commune with God.  This is where God is experienced.  This is where we need to be, faithfully present to the present moment through our silence and solitude.  Christ is teaching us of the way of living in the present moment.

  •  Wisdom cannot be experienced outside of the present moment

This is where wisdom is experienced.  Wisdom always touches the present moment.  Wisdom cannot be experienced outside of the present moment.  This is where we find all beauty and authenticity.

  •  Finding a way to really live in the present

Carl Arico says, “The only way we can really live is in the present.  It is by being present to the present moment that we encounter God and God encounters us…” 

What is one way you have experienced wisdom through the present moment?

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