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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Listening and Longing

Often the official prayers of the Church presuppose that we long for eternal life, that we have a desire for heaven.  As I say them, I sometimes ask myself if that is true, because most of my prayers concern things I want now, in this life.  There may be a nod toward that moment of our last breath, but it doesn’t occupy the place in my imagination that relativizes all other desires.

It seems to me that I crowd out what is ultimate because my prayer is not filled enough with simple listening.  If we give God the chance, he’ll put our soul in order.  For that, we need to be silent.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI

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