Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us, choosing gratitude until we are grateful, praising God until we ourselves are a constant act of praise.
—Richard Rohr from Radical Grace: Daily Meditations
The prayer of silence is a prayer of listening, waiting, and receptivity. It calls for gentle attentiveness. Those concerned with productivity might see it as the kind of prayer in which ‘nothing happens,’ but it is really the prayer of being rather than doing in which everything happens. For God alone our soul in silence waits. Continue reading
Contemplation is not first of all about being religious, introverted, or pious—it is about being emotionally and mentally honest! Contemplation is an alternative consciousness that Continue reading
Prayer is a way to be with the Divine—from the prayer born from need, where we tell God our needs, to the deeper prayer which takes us beyond any words into the oneness and silence within the heart. Continue reading
Sometimes it feels like Jimmy Durante calling
goodnight to Mrs Calabash, whoever
she was or whether. Sometimes it’s the tenth
hour in the trans-Pacific plane,
all glamour gone and connections still to make.
and it’s been known to turn dirty,
as if a cutter, back from the peat-hag, found
his ass’s pannier loaded with nothing.
Lord, I feel so lonely. Lonely right to the core of my being. I don’t feel wanted or needed by anyone. I’m not sure if anyone even cares whether I live or die.
Silence is never merely the cessation of words. . . . Rather it is the pause that holds together — indeed, it makes sense of — all the words, both spoken and unspoken. Silence is the glue that connects our attitudes and our actions. Silence is the fullness, not emptiness; it is not absence, but the awareness of a presence.
— John Chryssavgis from In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (Treasures of the World’s Religions)
Sing praises to the LORD, O you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment;
his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
— Psalm 30:4-5 Continue reading
A new moon teaches gradualness
and deliberation, and how one gives birth
to oneself slowly. Patience with small details
makes perfect a large work, like the universe.
What nine months of attention does for an embryo
forty early mornings alone will do
for your gradually growing wholeness.
— Rumi from The Essential Rumi, New Expanded Edition Continue reading