Prayer is something that happens to you

From Silence in Heaven, a book of monastic life from the 1950s

From Silence in Heaven, a book of monastic life from the 1950s

Prayer is something that happens to you (Romans 8:26-27), much more than anything you privately do. It is an allowing of the Big Self more than an assertion of the small self. Eventually you will find yourself preferring to say, “Prayer happened, and I was there” more than “I prayed today.” All you know is that you are being led, being guided, being loved, being used, being prayed through—and you are no longer in the driver’s seat.

God stops being an object of attention like any other object in the world, and becomes at some level your own “I am.” You start knowing through, with, and in Somebody Else. Your little “I Am” becomes “We Are.” Please trust me on this. It might be the most important thing I could tell you.

— Fr. Richard Rohr, from The Naked Now, pp. 102-103

This text is from the remarkable blog, Louie Louie that explores contemplative awareness in daily life, drawing its inspiration from the writings of Thomas Merton. The photograph is from “Silence in Heaven,” a book of monastic life from the 1950s that I found on the extraordinary Tumblr, Sacred Graffiti which is another place I have been spending a great deal of time lately.

Posted by Luke Storms on his blog. Thanks Nika!

For Sian.

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