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Pray Your Distractions

The crowded bus, the long queue, the railway platform, the traffic jam, the neighbor’s television sets, the heavy-footed people on the floor above you, the person who still keeps getting the wrong number on your phone. These are the real conditions of your desert. Do not allow yourself to be irritated. Do not try to escape. Do not postpone your prayer. Kneel down. Enter that disturbed solitude. Let your silence be spoiled by those sounds. It is the beginning of your desert.

– Alessandro Pronzato in Mediations on the Sand

This is an artist's mediation "on the sand" or the beach at Bolinas

This is an artist’s mediation “on the sand” or the beach at Bolinas

Posted by opreach on February 7, 2013
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  1. 02/7/2013
    Rebecca Blackwell

    A worthy reminder. And a beautiful photo. thanks for this, Pat.

    • 02/7/2013

      You are welcome! I know I am often frustrated by my distractions. So the reminder is for myself as well. Blessings on your ministry, Rebecca.

  2. 02/7/2013

    Beautiful photo!!!

  3. 02/14/2013
    Anne-Marie Lamarre

    This is exactly what I needed said to me right now! Thanks for sharing, Sister Pat! 🙂

    • 02/14/2013

      I’m glad it spoke to you, Anne-Marie. I’ve been thinking about you. Should we have a conversation?


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