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.