Thursday, April 30, 2009

Donne: a fragile concentration

April 30, 2009
    Commemoration of Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures, 1922

    And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
    -- Luke 18:7 (NIV)

    A memory of yesterday’s pleasures, a fear of tomorrow’s dangers, a straw under my knees, a noise in mine ear, a light in mine eye, an any thing, a nothing, a fancy, a chimera in my brain, troubles me in my prayers.
    ... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. 3, London: John W. Parker, 1839, p. 477 (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen me, for my attention to prayer is so weak.

CQOD    Blog    email    RSS
BDTC    search    script


Post a Comment

<< Home