By Sister Joan Chittister

There are moments in existence which are both too numbing or too exhilarating, too unhappy or too intriguing for us to soak up. loss of life and marriage, loss and victory can crush us. there are occasions which are too emotionally challenging or, nevertheless, just too universal to realize: good looks in the course of tragedy can depart us speechless; the main significant of exercises can go away us untouched. during the highs, lows, and in-between instances we have to be carried past the immediacy of the instant to gain the deeper parts that underlie our lives.

Listen with the Heart is a profound and private invitation to have fun with the sacred in way of life. Drawing from her formation as a Benedictine sister and her overseas event as a author, speaker, and retreat chief, Sr. Joan Chittister connects the traditional knowledge of monasticism with the fashionable global. In every one bankruptcy she teaches us that rituals―those formal styles of habit that mark the crossover moments of time and lead them to sacred―can jolt the soul and wake us as much as lifestyles. via ritual, as Chittister unearths, not just are the moments of lifestyles celebrated, mourned, and famous, but additionally the sacred parts in adventure are made genuine. Meditations on and examples of blessing, gentle, Lent, fasting, silence, prayer, naming, neighborhood, rituals, track, desk fellowship, knowledge, the secret of dying, and the facility of ready equip readers to utilize every day. Listen with the Heart is a call for participation to we all to hunt the sacred, savor the ups, research from the downs, and make the mundane significant back.

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Because we are never without a need for God-even when we realize it least. Regular prayer reminds us of our real poverty especially when things seem so 37 Listen with the Heart good for us, especially when we are most likely to think that our life is in our own hands. ” % Why do we pray the psalms? Because the psalms are the cry of the poor. The psalms keep us tied to the world around us, to what it means to be part of the human community, to the awareness that prayer is not for its own sake only.

In its early stages, prayer is words. In its later stages, prayer is silence. But in every stage, prayer is reflection that must be fed by the words and internalized in the reflections. % Prayer is the wail of the soul to become what we are really meant to be. % In prayer all our smallnesses drop away and we become one with the One. 38 Prayer 4t Daily prayer and immersion in the scriptures bore into the center of the soul until the distance between Galilee and me is no farther away than my next action.

4t Prayer is not something that happens simply with the uttering of formulas. Real prayer engages us wholly-our minds, our bodies and our hearts. It must be done reflectively and continuously. 4t If we pray consciously, we will someday become an unconscious prayer. 4t Real prayer is not a recitation of rote exercises. It is reflection, openness, acceptance and exploration. We consider the meaning of the words we’re using, we struggle over the impli- cations of them, we accept the call we hear in them, we ask 36 Prayer ourselves what they mean to the way we are living in the world around us, we remember that life is as divine as it is human.

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