Thursday, September 17, 2009

Law: the season of prayer

Thursday, September 17, 2009
    Feast of Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, Visionary, 1179
    You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
    —Psalm 18:28 (NIV)
    Reading is good, hearing is good, conversation and meditation are good; but then, they are only good at times and occasions, in a certain degree, and must be used and governed with such caution as we eat and drink, and refresh ourselves, or they will bring forth in us the fruits of intemperance. But the Spirit of Prayer is for all times and occasions; it is a lamp that is to be always burning, a light to be ever shining: everything calls for it; everything is to be done in it, and governed by it, because it is and means and wills nothing else but the whole totality of the soul, not doing this or that, but wholly, incessantly given up to God to be where and what and how He pleases.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), letter XI in Works of Rev. William Law, v. IX, London: G. Moreton, 1893, p. 183 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You speak to us in prayer.
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