Our Weakness in Long Prayer

Beautiful. Thank you, Ben.

I really needed to read this today as my medication is making me continuously tired and light-headed. Everything is a struggle at the moment. It’s so good to know that God values what I can give, what I can do. He’s not holding me to account for what I can’t do. Knowing this is like taking a deep breath after having your head underwater.

Breathe on me, breath of life.

‘All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well’ (Julian of Norwich).

Contemplative in the Mud

On 9 May 1948, Marcel Văn CSsR wrote a long, thoughtful letter to his older sister Lê. He was especially concerned about the life, general education, and religious education of his younger brother Lục, who was nine years old at the time. About halfway through this letter, Marcel begins to talk about prayer. This is a gem of a discourse for a contemplative soul – or, for that matter, for any soul taken into the love of the special place of children in the Gospel and in the Church.

Van at 7 years oldMarcel brings the subject around like this:

You know very well that in the countryside, we recite every morning and evening long prayers, and this is all very complicated. I don’t dare to slight this practice, because it is something that can console the heart of God, and what can give him as much pleasure as faithful people passing long hours close to him? Even so…

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