Prayer of Surrender

 

Come, Most Holy Spirit Come, Spirit of Grace. Come Our Healer. Come Risen Lord. Come our beloved teacher.

Lord, my heart is in need of You. The depths of my heart cry out to You. I wish to open myself entirely to You. I desire that you penetrate me completely, that I belong to You. That you enter into my heart, that only you dwell there. I desire to love you eternally. Fill me with your Holy Love. Strengthen me and be with me always.

May your Holy Name be Praised.

I pray for you Lord, for every person, for every heart that is beating for You. Answer their prayers. Do not allow any of them to be lost. The life passes so quickly. Allow us to become aware of what is important, to not lose ourselves, but to gain You. You are the only center of our lives. Only with you can I know what and who I am.

Come, Lord. Come, Most Holy Spirit. My heart is waiting for you. Amen

Fr. Zlatko Sudac’s Prayer of Surrender.

Being completely normal

 

We must be completely normal people, who have our feet firmly planted on the ground, but ever aware that while we live in this world, we are not of it.
– from an introduction to an interview with Zlatko Sudac

This is another pointer that can be very helpful.

How sane, mature, wise and kind am I in a conventional sense? How do I appear to others? If they see something in me that is not sane, mature, wise or kind, what is the truth in it? Can I find it for myself?

Is there any reason to not appear sane, mature, wise and kind in this situation?

If something looks weird, what is going on? Am I acting on a belief there? Am I acting on a fixed viewpoint, identified with a role or identity?

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So that I no longer exist but God does

 

We have to sink into God so that I no longer exist but God does.
Zlatko Sudac

It is such a beautiful and simple message, and one that is repeated by mystics of all traditions and no tradition. And it is also an invitation for us to explore it for ourselves, here and now.

What do I take as what I am, in immediate experience? How does it show up in each sense field? Is it content of experience? When I look at how it shows up in each sense field, is it different from any other content of experience? Does it come and go, as any other content of experience? What does not come and go? What am I really?

Am I this body? Sensations? Emotions? Thoughts? My past? My viewpoints, roles and identities? The doer? Choser? Experiencer? Observer? How do each of these show up in the sense fields? Are they content of experience? Do they come and go? Do what I really am come and go? What am I really?

Can I find a separate I here? Can I find a doer? Can I find an observer? Can I find any of those outside of the mental field? Can I find it as anything else than images, taken as true?

Zlatko Sudac

 

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I am impressed with the sincerity and maturity of the young Croatian mystic Zlatko Sudac.

Here is an interview with him from a few years back, and an English language website with information about retreats and more.

His message is very much aligned with that of other mystics:

God is something which surpasses any and all thoughts about Him. He surpasses our feelings, and even the state of our souls. It is impossible to speak about Him. The only way to communicate with God is to love God. We have to sink into God so that I no longer exist but God does. When I do this I don’t lose myself, but find myself in God. This can be understood only by those people who love God with all their heart, all their soul, and all their strength. If anyone sins, the only cause for all sins is the lack of love towards God and the lack of love for mankind and ourselves, that is the cause of all evils. If this wounded humanity would discover the formula of love, unconditional love, this life would be heaven on earth.

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