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Minute Meditations

How Prayer Nourishes Us

Nov 20, 2020
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Like eating, prayer is meant to respect the natural rhythms of our energy. As we know from experience, we don’t always want a banquet. If we tried to have a banquet every day, we would soon find coming to the table burdensome and we would look for every excuse to escape, to sneak off for a quick sandwich by ourselves. Eating has a natural balance: banquets alternate with quick snacks, rich dishes with simple sandwiches, meals that take a whole evening with meals we eat on the run. We can have high season only if we mostly have ordinary time. Healthy eating habits respect our natural rhythms: our time, energy, tiredness, the season, the hour, our taste.

 —from the book Prayer: Our Deepest Longing
by Ronald Rolheiser

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