Who one believes God to be is most accurately revealed … in the way one speaks to God when no one else is listening.
Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to his voice in the depths of our hearts.
There's more gossip passed around under the guise of prayer request than anything I know.
Prayer, as St. Theresa tells us, consists not in speaking a lot, but in loving a lot.
We pray best when we are no longer aware of praying.
As the floor is swept everyday, so is the soul cleansed everyday by confession.
Those people who pray know what most around them either don't know or choose to ignore: centering life in the insatiable demands of the ego is the sure path to doom . …They know that life confined to the self is a prison, a joy-killing, neurosis-producing, disease-fomenting prison.
I am reminded that one old saint was asked, "Which is the more important: reading God's Word or praying?" To which he replied, "Which is more important to a bird: the right wing or the left?"
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: "Full experiences of God can never be planned or achieved. They are spontaneous moments of grace, almost accidental."
Bo Lozoff: "Rabbi, if God-realization is just accidental, why do we work so hard doing all these spiritual practices?"
Rabbi Carlebach: "To be as accident-prone as possible."
We must distinguish prayer from prayers. Saying prayers is one activity among others. But prayer is an attitude of the heart that can transform every activity. We cannot say prayers at all times, but we ought to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17). That means we ought to keep our heart open for the meaning ...1
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