Thursday, August 25, 2011

André Louf, OCSO

For our heart is already in a state of prayer.  We receive prayer along with grace in our baptism.  The state of grace, as we call it, is, at the level of the heart, a state of prayer.  From then on, in the profoundest depths of the self, we have a continuing contact with God. The Holy Spirit takes our heart in tow and turns it toward God.  All the time, in fact, he is calling within us and he prays Abba-Father, with supplications and sighs that cannot be put into words, but never for a moment cease within our hearts.

This state of prayer within us is something we always carry about like a hidden treasure.  Somewhere our heart is going full pelt, but we do not feel it.  We are deaf to our praying heart, we fail to see the light in which we live.  For our heart, our true heart, is asleep and it has to be waked gradually -- through the course of a whole lifetime.

A. Louf, from Teach Us How to Pray.

Quoted by Miriam Pollard, OCSO, in her book The Laughter of God: At Ease with Prayer (Wilmington, Delaware: Michael Glazier, Inc.), 1986, pp. 25-26.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


(see Trousered Ape)

Write me a poem on
Using the word as a
Thrice-uttered rhyme.

Love to, I would, but I've
Places to go to, and
People to see, so I
Haven't the time.


Oh, well, maybe I do have the time --

O rare parthenogenesis!
You've happened once in history.
Without the flesh's intimate bliss
(O rare parthenogenesis!)
A child's born, perfect as a kiss,
And holy as a mystery.
O rare parthenogenesis,
You've happened once in history.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


... the first moment of true prayer occurs in the experience and awareness of one's limitations. We do not know what our real needs are, and we must learn them all over again each day. In this sense, prayer has the value of pedagogy, it is the great pedagogy of God. While evasion and distractions draw us away from the road to real happiness, prayer brings us back to what is most authentic in man's quest for happiness. "The truth will set you free." Prayer makes us free; it preserves what is most fragile and most precious in us: the integrity of our desire, that desire which, in final analysis, is nothing but the need for God. This is what prayer preserves in us, and must teach us every day, this need for God, which is the distinctive, most profound trait that separates man from the animals. Man is the only being who turns to God to obtain what is lacking for his own fulfillment.

Bernard Bro, OP, via Magnificat magazine, meditation for the day, Tues. 23rd August 2011