Monday, March 21, 2011

14 theses on prayer

Ben Myers, after staying for a weekend at a Catholic monastery, has written 14 theses on's one example that particularly appealed to me:

6. Why do we close our eyes when praying? Prayer is not a turning inwards, not a withdrawal into the silent recesses of the self. Prayer is open-eyed attention. It is waiting all day on the shore for the glimpse of a rare bird. ‘You must wear your eyes out, as others their knees’ (R. S. Thomas).

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