|Apr 27, 2017||Twinkle and a Wink|
|Apr 26, 2017||Terrifying Beauty|
|Apr 25, 2017||River Seeds|
|Apr 24, 2017||Turtles and Apple|
|Apr 23, 2017||Ink Me on Your Palm|
|Apr 22, 2017||Useful|
|Apr 21, 2017||A Prayer for the Warrior|
|Apr 20, 2017||Not Good|
|Apr 18, 2017||Neither, Nor|
|Apr 17, 2017||Hot, Hot, Hot|
|Apr 16, 2017||The Light is Real: Easter|
|Apr 15, 2017||Pebble Minded|
|Apr 14, 2017||A Child Leads Them|
|Apr 13, 2017||Banned by the Church|
|Apr 12, 2017||Fred|
|Apr 11, 2017||Keep Moving to the Center|
|Apr 10, 2017||Sunbeam|
|Apr 9, 2017||1 Corinthians 13|
|Apr 8, 2017||Daughter Gone|
|Apr 7, 2017||Eat, My Coat, Eat|
|Apr 6, 2017||Comic God|
|Apr 5, 2017||Old Town Canoe|
|Apr 4, 2017||Turning a Furry Cheek|
|Apr 3, 2017||My Ship's Coming|
|Apr 2, 2017||Blame Game|
|Apr 1, 2017||Preble Street|
Title: Banned by the Church
Date: April 13, 2017
Do you feel that your prayers to God are never heard? Hundreds of years ago people felt that way, too. Along came a book called The Cloud of Unknowing, penned by an unknown Christian mystic; after being banned by the church, the book was handed person to person down through the centuries. It preached self-emptying prayer—praying without words and asking God for nothing—that enables a practitioner to rest in God. This prayer form started making a comeback in the 1970’s among Trappist Monks, which is where and when I stumbled across it, and is called Centering Prayer.
The Cloud of Unknowing says, “This is what you are to do: lift up your heart to the Lord, with a gentle stirring of love desiring him for his own sake and not his gifts. Center all your attention and desire on him and let this be the sole concern of your mind and heart.”
It starts with praying a simple single sacred word or two (Jesus, Amen, Peace, Love), sitting comfortably in quiet space, introducing your word silently in your mind, linking it with your breath, and repeating; if your attention wanders, go back to your word until the distraction falls away and you sense the presence of God within you. Lastly, gently come back and go about your day. By using this prayer, one learns to pray without ceasing.
Let’s Pray: Dear God, give me silence in my mind, silence in my soul, and let me rest in You. Amen.
Here’s a Thought: God is the secret that lives within you “whose center is everywhere and [whose] circumference is nowhere”.
Source: The Cloud of Unknowing (late 14th century, anonymous): The Classics of Western Spirituality, Edited by James Walsh, S. J., Paulist Press, New York, 1981. This famous quote is on the back cover of my edition. The quote itself is buried inside and an extensive web search produced many uses of this quote in scholastic books about mystics. I could not find a page number. If I bought one of these books I am sure that I could.
“God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.” ― Voltaire https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/5289-god-is-a-circle-whose-center-is-everywhere-and-circumference