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Prayer – a surge of the heart

It’s the heart that prays.


According to Scripture, it is the heart that prays. If our heart is far from God, the words of prayer are in vain.

“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, as quoted in paragraph 2558

Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 2562, 2558

I’m not a Roman Catholic. Yet I’ve read the Catechism through twice and found treasures there. This is one, reminding me of the very simplest truth. Yet I find my heart is often far from God, even when I’m praying. How can that be?

I have to admit that “god” is often just my routine, the patterns in my life that help me feel secure. My heart isn’t much involved; the flame is smothered by ashes. I’ve let a million things distract me from the light of life. I do it over and over again. You’d think I could learn this simplest of truths.

It becomes time, yet again, for me to pray what I pray when I mess up. With my heart, this time!

Grace and peace to you…


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