|A Prayer Diary||
Prayer is indeed the way to make contact with God/Ultimate Reality, but it is not an attempt to change God’s mind about us or about events. It is primarily about changing our mind so that things like infinity, mystery, and forgiveness can resound within us.
The Sermon on the Mount is not a set of rules and regulations: it is a statement of the life we will live when the Holy Spirit is getting His way with us.
It is incredible dishonesty in the human heart to pray daily that this kingdom should come, that God’s will be done on earth as in heaven, and at the same time to deny that Jesus wants this kingdom to be put into practice on earth.
Diana Butler Bass
Arsenius (a desert monk) was know for his silence, saying that he always regretted his words when he spoke, but was never sorry when he kept silent.
A man whose thoughts are occupied with cares of this life is not free; for these cares hold him in their hands and make him their slave, where he worries for himself or for others.
St. Simeon the New Theologian
It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to live the noble life of a disciple of Jesus in actual things.
Within each piece of creation,
within each person,
the hidden God waits
to surprise us with His Glory.
It means nothing if we intellectually accept that there is a God. The only moment that has any effect or revolution for us is when we acknowledge God’s active presence in our lives and the power of unconditional love.