Prayer and Distraction

One biblical window into the importance of spiritual practices is the story Jesus tells of the ten brides in Matthew 25. Such practices are ways that we prepare ourselves to recognize God. In this spirit, here are a few thoughts on prayer from Thomas Merton:

Thomas Merton“[I]t is the will to pray that is the essence of prayer, and the desire to find God, to see Him and to love Him is the one thing that matters.”

“Prayer and love are really learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and your heart turns to stone. If you have never had any distractions you don’t know how to pray.”

–New Seeds of Contemplation (1961).

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