February 26, 2012

“Pray without ceasing.” What on earth could the Apostle Paul have meant by this? These three words have perplexed monks and nuns for centuries. How can one do this? During the day, we get engrossed in what we are doing; it is hard to pray and engage the world at the same time.

This seems to require a dual focus of attention … and psychologists believe we can only think about one thing at a time. Over the centuries, Christians (and devotees in other religions) have come up with various ways of doing this (mindfulness, meditative walking, the “Jesus” prayer, Brother Lawrence’s “Practicing the Presence of God,” entering the “Cloud of Unknowing,” Centering Prayer). This Sunday, we will begin with this question; “what does it mean to ‘pray without ceasing’.” Our focus through Lent is to ponder just how can we maintain a deep sense of the Holy amidst our daily activities – work, play, watching television, visiting with friends.