... of the Used, Abused, and Utterly Screwed Up.

A Secular Franciscan looks at the world... with a more jaundiced eye than ever... and lots of ellipses for you to fill in the missing text...
(with thanks to Thomas S. Klise for the title)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

On prayer

Saying your prayers versus praying your prayers

The average person may pray in a rote manner and not engage their whole self in their prayer. Have you ever noticed, in prayer, just how many levels of though and mental exercise can go on at one time? And a person with OCD or religious scrupulosity often struggles with prayer as sometimes prayer becomes rote in order to crowd out other thoughts and images. It becomes 'magical' in a way, a protection against those other things. Learning to truly pray is a lifetime of work. And it is tiring work for some...

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