Monday, August 20, 2007

A bit more on prayer

"It occurred to me as I gave her hands a quick clasp that hell was not, as Sartre had proclaimed, other people. Hell was being obliged to pretend to be someone quite other than one's true self"- Susan Howatch Absolute Truths, Part IV, chapter 21.

Today let us pray to want what we need. It is by doing this that we attain a proper balance and are able to be truly grateful. This does not work the other way around. In other words, let us not pray to need what we want for fear that we just might get that for which we ask! Let us pray simply and sincerely from our lives, not from some detached, imaginary pseudo-spiritual realm.

Also, let us not forget the many needs in the world: earthquake in Peru, lost miners in Utah, flooding in the upper mid-west (i.e., eastern Minnesota, western Wisconsin) and Southeast Asia, hurricanes in the Caribbean moving toward the Gulf of Mexico, war in Iraq and Afghanistan, etc. Of course, we must always pray for the needs of those closest to us.

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