The only thing to remember about prayer is to begin where you are. (Thomas Merton)

Deep down in me I knowed it was a lie, and He knowed it. You can't pray a lie - I found that out. (Mark Twain)

If governments knew how subversive contemplative prayer is, they would ban it. (Desmond Tutu)

Pray as you can, not as you can't. (Father Ted King, Dean Emeritus of Cape Town)

So this is how you swim inward. So this is how you flow outwards. So this is how you pray. (Mary Oliver)

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

"God is in the details"

I do bless Providence for giving us this woman:
‎"Life is not made up of crises; life is made up of little things we love to ignore in order to get on to the exciting things in life. But God is in the details. God is what it takes in us to be faithful to them. God is in the routines that make us what we are. The way we do the little things in life is the mark of the bigness of our souls." 
 -- Joan Chittister

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Monday, 25 June 2012

Not an abstraction

I've long loved this quotation from W. H. Auden's writings. It speaks to the particularity of love and of our connectedness with others.
"Don't tell me you will love me forever. Tell me that you will love me Thursday afternoon at four o'clock"
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Friday, 15 June 2012

Strengthen our hope

This is very, very beautiful, I think - a prayer I commend to us all.

It was posted by our Kathryn over on facebook.

O God, 
whose love restores 
the brokenhearted of this world: 
pour out your love, 
we beseech you, 
upon those who feel 
lonely, abandoned, or unloved. 
Strengthen their hope 
to meet the days ahead; 
give them the courage 
to form life-giving friendships; 
and bless them with the joy 
of your eternal peace. 

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

A good reason for having a regular prayer life

This puts it quite succinctly:

"When we really need help, sometimes the comforter comes during our 'hour of greatest need.' It is best, however, not to wait for crisis in order to be in communication." 

-- Jon Mundy 

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Monday, 4 June 2012

Why we resist compassion

“Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken. But this is not our spontaneous response to suffering. What we desire most is to do away with suffering by fleeing from it or finding a quick cure for it.” 

~ Henri J.M. Nouwen

Fleeing from suffering is a way of closing our hearts. Yes, it's difficult to keep them open. Worth it, however.

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