If we would pray with Hannah and Nouwen, with Teresa and Merton, we need to relearn from them what prayer is—and isn’t. Prayer isn’t something pasted onto an otherwise irreligious day, but it permeates everything we do. Prayer is not something we do because it “works.” Whether it works or not is utterly unimportant to the saints. For them prayer is all about love, the creation of communion with the God from whom the soul cannot bear to be apart.
—James C. Howell, Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs: Saints and Their Stories (Upper Room Books, 1999)
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The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love;
teach me your statutes.
—Psalm 119:64 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, I give you thanks for those who have pointed me to you and your love. I give thanks for those who have challenged me to be your hands and feet in the world around me. Give me the confidence and desire to do the same for others, to be an example of faithfulness. Amen.
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