Listening Prayer

Curriculum of the Spiritual Life

listen-symbol in Chinese

“If you have ears to hear, listen,” Jesus repeatedly says. It is the first act of the art of prayer, the middle act, and the last act.  Over time we find the wisest and most humble among us understand prayer to be “nothing but listening.”

In 1980 Dan Rather interviewed Mother Teresa:

Dan Rather: “When you pray, what do you say to God?”

Mother Teresa: “I don’t say anything; I listen.”

DR: “Well, then, when God speaks to you, what does he say?”

MT: “He doesn’t say anything. He listens…  and if you don’t understand that, I can’t explain it.”

Quoted in “with” by Skye Jethani

Inexplicable, but not without gaining understanding. Learning to pray often reveals our constant novice status when we think we ought to have graduated. But as Mother Teresa reveals, we are always just learners, we are always just listeners.

Today’s poem/prayer come from…

View original post 72 more words

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s