by Richard Long,
From time to time we link this blog back to a great source for prayer quotes – the folks at Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C. who produce the “Inward/Outward” daily thoughts. Here’s one from earlier this week.
What to Pray For
Abraham Joshua Heschel
We do not know what to pray for. Should we not pray for the ability to be shocked at atrocities committed by man, for the capacity to be dismayed? Prayer should be an act of catharsis or purgation of emotions, as well as a process of self-clarification, of examining priorities, of elucidating responsibility…. Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism, falsehood. The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement, seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision.
Source: The Wisdom of Heschel