The paradox of prayer: Henri Nouwen

by Richard Long,

   One of my favourite writers is the late well-known Catholic priest Henri Nouwen.  He was forever plumbing the mysteries of the spiritual world.

Here’s one of his quotes on prayer …

“The paradox of prayer is that it asks for a serious effort

while it can only be received as a gift.

We cannot plan, organize or manipulate God;

but without a careful discipline, we cannot receive Him either.”

By the way, I have recently been slow reading his classic “The Return of the Prodigal Son” and feasting on the insights on every page.  Grab it if you ever see it on sale.

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