Sunday, May 8, 2011

Unshakable strength

Ancient Roman fresco

It's about prayer, of course.

I love the bit here about the birdbath!

Do click through on the author's name here. Dr. Carrel and his accomplishments are new to me - and quite fascinating.

Too many people regard prayer as a formalized routine of words, a refuge for weaklings, or a childish petition for material things. We sadly ndervalue prayer when we conceive it in these terms, just as we should underestimate rain by describing it as something that fills the birdbath in our garden. Properly understood, prayer is a mature activity indispensable to the fullest development of personality -- the ultimate integration of man's highest faculties. Only in prayer do we achieve that complete and harmonious assembly of body, mind and spirit which gives the frail human reed its unshakable strengths.

-- Alexis Carrel


  1. Since maturing as a Christian ( I still have a long way to go)I have stopped praying for stupid things like 'please let the train be on time' or something ludicrous like that.

  2. I get it, Chelliah. I still have a long way to go, too. And, maybe it's okay that we spontaneously pray for the train to be on time as long as that's not the ONLY kind of prayer we engage in.

  3. Beautiful piccie. I love the bird.


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