TODAY'S THEME: What Prayer Is and Does
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Prayer is in its essence the union of the soul with God.
Its effects and fruits are: a pure soul, collection of inner
forces, reconciliation with God, tears, forgiveness of
sins, a bridge which leads us above and over tempta-
tion, a wall of protection against sorrows. It is the work
of angels, a food for all spiritual beings, the joy of eter-
nity, a divine action, a source of virtues, a treasury of
graces; it is spiritual progress, the food of the soul,
revelation, the exclusion of faintheartedness,
a prop for our confidence, a comfort in grief.

St. John Climacus (c. 525 - 606)
aka John of the Ladder
Christian monk at the monastery on Mt. Sinai


In itself, prayer is simply a reverent, conscious openness to
God full of the desire to grow in goodness and overcome evil.

William Johnson

The prayer preceding all prayers is,
"May it be the real I who speaks.
May it be the real Thou that I speak to."

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Irish writer and scholar


Prayer is man's conversation with God. It is the most secret
and intimate relationship which man can enter into with the
Lord of the Universe. He speaks with God as 'thou' from a
sense of innermost closeness and tells Him everything which
troubles, moves and makes him happy. His prayer may be
improvised or he may use an age-old form, a cliche sanctified
by a hundred generations and which has become meaningful
for man. He may say his prayer aloud, chant it, whisper it
or keep it in the recesses of his heart.

Vladimir Lindenberg
Religious author

In the garden of the soul, plant the seed of the Word
(the Lord's Name). Water the soil with love and
humility and reap the fruits of divinity.

-from the Guru Granth Sahib
The Sikh scriptures
represent the eternal Guru of the Sikh religion


...Over time, the cultivation of the Divine Word in the soul's
garden leads to the gifts of the Divine One. Remembering
God in a constant way through prayer, chanting, or meditation
as well as compassionate, loving action, is the path to cultiva-
ting the Word. That seedling of the Word eventually grows to
maturity, blossoming into an extraordinary being. The loving,
humble,attention to God in each moment brings a rich
harvest of Divine Union, of intimacy with God.

Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,"
by Wayne Teasdale (1945-2004)
New World Library, 2004

And now, the Last Word:

More things are wrought by prayer
than this world dreams of.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom





























Bonus quote:

My God, I love you.

St. Therese of LIsieux
Uttered on her deathbed.


On today's
Home Page:

St. John Climacus;
William Johnson;
C. S, Lewis;
Vladimir Lindenberg;
Guru Granth Sahib;
Wayne Teasdale;
Alfred, Lord Tennyson