Monday, October 31, 2005

Distraction in prayer

From Flos Carmeli

A wonderful little post on the role of distractions in prayer, which is always something I have found it impossible to eliminate, or even keep to a minimum. If it really is impossible to eliminate them, then perhaps that fact means something?

...For Teresa and for John as well, this constant babble of wayward thoughts is part and parcel of who we are. To deny it is to deny who we are. I would go further to say that this constant stream of thought defines, in a special way who we are. More than that, this constant stream of thought forms the ostinato against which the melody of prayer plays out. That is to say, that these very real, very present concerns are a real part of prayer...

Be sure to read the whole thing here – it won’t take you more than five minutes.