Tag: heart

The Better Call

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Hear your heart’s desires

More clearly

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Yet follow

More nearly

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The better

Call

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More dearly

To love

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All who live

On the other side

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Of the

Fall.

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Image by Ioannis Ioannidis from Pixabay

Inspiring Poems: “Wisdom and Spirit of the universe”

” WISDOM and Spirit of the universe!
Thou Soul, that art the Eternity of thought!
And giv’st to forms and images a breath
And everlasting motion! not in vain,
By day or star-light, thus from my first dawn
Of childhood didst thou intertwine for me
The passions that build up our human soul;
Not with the mean and vulgar works of Man;
But with high objects, with enduring things,
With life and nature; purifying thus
The elements of feeling and of thought,
And sanctifying by such discipline
Both pain and fear,–until we recognise
A grandeur in the beatings of the heart. “

by William Wordsworth (from “The Prelude”)

Spiritual Reflection: What is Prayer?

Spiritual Reflection: What is Prayer?

What is prayer?

“Prayer is the simplest thing out”

Sister Wendy Beckett

That’s what Sister Wendy Beckett says in her profound book Sister Wendy on Prayer.

“Because of God’s goodness, it cannot be something that is difficult…Accept that God is good and that your relationship with Him is prayer, and you must conclude that prayer is an act of the utmost simplicity.”

For Sister Wendy, prayer is God-centred:

“Prayer…concerns nobody except God – always longing to give Himself to us in love – and my own decision.  And that too is God’s…”

Many people thing about prayer as something we do.  Perhaps something we do for others – praying for others.

Sister Wendy’s view is something more divine-focused, even, at times, an overwhelming experience:

“If you want God to take possession of you, then you are praying. That is all prayer is.”

And it challenges us in the deepest parts of our own selves:

“What do I really want when I pray? … What you really want, ‘with all your heart and soul and mind and strength’?”