Pray Without Ceasing

March 23 “Pray Without Ceasing” Sybllina of Pavia John 8:1-11

Thomas Merton wrote:

Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and your heart has turned to stone.
… Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Seeds of Contemplation

We expect our lives to be perfect, we expect to feel God’s presence, and I have found that 98 per cent of the time that isn’t. We are left to live in the dregs and doubts of our lives and that is when I have learned prayer and love. That is where I have learned to live in the present moment, enjoy it, even when it is not worth enjoying and giving thanks to God, even when I do not know if there is a God. Simply, to walk in faith.

The Gospel today is that of the woman caught in adultery, and it calls us to walk this Lent in the knowledge that-no one is condemned, but loved, and forgiven, if we accept it. It is our choice. Our labels, our arguing, and disagreements amount to nothing as we look into the burning eyes of Jesus–we are forgiven.

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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