Thoughts for Reflection from Benedictine & Monastic Authors

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September 28th - Praying Continuously

The question then is not how I ought to pray while I have a lot of work, or when other people need me, but what the attitude of my heart must be if I am to pray continuously. To put it in a negative way: how do I come to the point that my conscious relationship with God is not disturbed by my occupations or by the people round about me?
In theory, there is no rivalry between action and contemplation. The story of Jesus with Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38-42 is often misinterpreted, and the contemplative life is often constructed on a faulty interpretation of the ‘better part’, to the disadvantage of all those in the Church who give their best in an ‘active’ way. The real problem, though, is the deep tension between God and the world, between the sacred and the profane, between the vertical and the horizontal. And the tension does not lie outside us, but in the heart of every human being. (pages 23-24)

Praying with Benedict: Prayer in the Rule of St. Benedict
Korneel Vermeiren, OCSO, Pages 23-24