Words of Light and Hope from Jane McLarty
Lent is a time when traditionally we ‘give something up’ – but also when many of us try to do something more. Often that ‘something more’ has to do with our spiritual life with God, and particularly with our life of prayer. The following quotations point us to different ways of thinking about prayer.
From Pax, DH Lawrence:
All that matters is to be at one with the living God
to be a creature in the house of the God of Life.
Like a cat asleep on a chair at peace, in peace
and at one with the master of the house, with the mistress,
at home, at home in the house of the living,
sleeping on the hearth, and yawning before the fire.
From The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence:
This practice of the presence of God must stem from the heart, from love. Love does everything, and it is not necessary to have great things to do. I turn my little omelette in the pan for the love of God.
From The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky:
Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. And once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day.
From On Prayer, Evagrius of Pontus:
Prayer is a conversation of the spirit with God.