|Portrait of a Young Man at Prayerby Memling|
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons).
This morning I was reading Father Romano Guardini’s The Art of Praying and found these passages that seem connected in a way with Archbishop Chaput’s address to the Baptist University of Houston on March 1, 2010 where he spoke on the vocation of the Christian in American public life:
The future of Christian life depends, among other things, on whether prayer can establish an active link with life as it is and with the stream of history. Here, again, the idea of Providence is the starting point…
The will, the Divine Providence, of God is our salvation as St. Paul says (1 Thess. 4: 3), and we laity must work it out in the world, no matter how much some of us would like to flee to the cloister.The evil perpetrated by man against man and against creation cannot be lessened without each of us doing the job he has been given by God. Yet sometimes life seems to be too much to bear and we want to give up and run away. If we arrive at that point, it must be because we are depending too much on ourselves and not enough on God. We are seeking our own will and not His Providential Will. We are not praying the Our Father with an understanding of “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
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As our elections approach in our OCDS community, this is a timely post for me to reflect on since there is great desire to *flee to the cloister*!
Thank you for sharing.
Two timely and sobering thoughts indeed; our desire to "flee to the cloister" and "If we do not do what we were gifted to do, it will not be done by anyone else".ReplyDelete
As usual, another thought provoking and challenging post. Thank you.