The value of prayer in­spir­ing ac­tion

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Sir, The value in hav­ing monas­tic Chris­tians of­fer­ing reg­u­lar prayer, from the her­mits of the Egyp­tian desert to more mod­ern con­tem­pla­tive or­ders like CSWG at Craw­ley Down, is not to be dis­counted, as your Spir­i­tual Di­rec­tor, the Rev Dr Liz Hoare, seems to sug­gest in her state­ment: “Prayer with­out ac­tion turns us in­ward and quickly be­comes ster­ile.”

Ac­tu­ally, prayer is ac­tion: it is an act of faith, since the ef­fects of our prayer are not al­ways vis­i­ble to us. God has al­ways called men and women to a life of prayer and prayer only; it is not for ev­ery­one, but for those who have fol­lowed this path the re­wards can be great, for them and for us.

As Thomas Mer­ton writes: “We do not go into the desert to es­cape people but to learn how to find them; we do not leave them in or­der to have noth­ing more to do with them, but to find out the way to do them the most good. But this is only a sec­ondary end. The one end that in­cludes all oth­ers is the love of God.”

The Rev David Beres­ford,


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