09 April 2013

What to do while we wait...


It is between Christmas, Easter and all those other holidays. What do you do? Work: our daily offering to God and to the ongoing goodness of the world.
In addition to work, let us remember the centrality of prayer--Lacking prayer, what are we doing but "nourishing a blind life within the brain..."?

I realize we lapse or live in diminishing the importance of prayer. And many of those we know scoff at prayer's worth. Good true prayer "works"-- the scoffers have no studies to tell them that it does - or does not (which is what they claim they want).
To say,  "all I can do is pray" illustrates  a very wrong view of prayer. You see,  prayer is at the least
1) the best and first thing to do for the person 
2) gives light/guidance for action. 
And, what did Jesus' apostles do after His ascension and the receiving of the Holy Spirit, which was the beginning of the Church? They prayed.

"More Things Are Wrought By Prayer" 

More things are wrought by prayer 
Than this world dreams of. 
Wherefore let thy voice
Rise like a fountain for me night and day.
For what are men better than sheep or goats,
That nourish a blind life within the brain,
If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer,
Both for themselves and those who call them friend.
For so the whole round earth is every way
Bound by gold chains about the feet of God.
—by Alfred, Lord Tennyson