Friday, 8 May 2009

Praying with heart and mind

The Jews said that the first requirement of prayer was ‘kavvanah’. The Hebrew word referred to the way in which the mind and heart should be fixed on God. It is highly likely that when Jesus prayed he was absorbed in this form of self forgetful contemplation. In other words, he paid sustained and loving attention to the Father who loved him in such an incomprehensible manner that it couldn’t be expressed in words. Jesus basked in the light of that love and poured out his daily concerns in a trusting way to the Lord.”
Fr Pat Collins: Prayer in Practice

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