Pray Always

The parable in yesterday’s Gospel instructs us in the need to “pray always” (Lk 18:1).  Of course, in order to know what that means, we must first know what it means to pray.  “The Fathers of the Church say that prayer, properly understood, is nothing other than becoming a longing for God,” says Benedict XVI.  In other words, prayer means learning how to direct our desire for the Infinite toward the Infinite; it means learning how to direct eros (our desire for God) toward Eros(God’s desire for us).  And this means living within the painful “ache” of constant longing – for, as John Paul II put it, in this life, eros is ever seeking and never satisfied (see TOB 112:4).  “Desire is your prayer,” asserted St. Augustine, “and if your desire is without ceasing, your prayer will also be without ceasing.”;  This week (and always, without ceasing), take another step in opening up your desire to God’s fire.

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