"Prayer is a topographical map of the soul. The way a person prays signals the degree of breadth and maturity that underlies the spiritual life she, or he, brings to it. It's the prayers we say that expose to the world the mountains of life up which we have climbed, the gullies of growth through which we've walked on our way to wholeness. It is the inimitable sign of the values we bring to life and the people for whose cares we care.
To chart what a person prays for, then, is to follow the tracks of life that person has trod. "When I was a child," Paul reminds us in 1st Corinthians 13:11, "I thought as a child....." Right. And, I prayed as a child too--short on depth of soul, long on longing for things.
A person's prayer is a direct measure of one's heart. It is in one's prayer where the human heart finds its height and at what lows it has crossed its canyons only to rise to another level of life -- wiser, clearer-eyed, more understanding, more caring, more abandoned to the ever loving will of God.
In the end, it is the nature of our prayer life that is the one valid measure of our spiritual maturity." ---- Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB
If you would desire to attend an "on-line retreat" with Sr. Chittister, please contact us for further information. This is to be a summer Psalm retreat with Joan Chittister:
.......If you desire to deepen your spiritual life....
.......If you can invest a few minutes a day for one week....
.......If you are open to trying an online retreat.....
The retreat beings August 26th.