Monday, June 11, 2007

Sayings and Aphorisms -- #7

The prophet knows what others need to hear in order that they may believe--this is what leads St. Paul to beg the greatest spiritual question in the form of an almost unbearably haunting command: Pray without ceasing.

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In case you doubt the translation, here are a dozen others:
  • Pray without ceasing
  • Pray continually
  • Pray all the time
  • Be unceasing in prayer
  • Never stop praying
  • Continually pray ye
  • Pray unceasingly
  • Pray constantly
  • Without ceasing pray ye
  • Nunca dejéis de orar
  • Priez sans cesse
  • Betet unablässig!

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4 comments:

brian said...

I like, "Without ceasing pray ye," because it's more of a statement than a command.

Davo said...

Praying--it all seems to externalize the divine--which misses the point somewhat, doesn't it?

Daniel said...

I've always thought of praying as internalizing the divine, almost to the point of eliminating the divine. Maybe I was doing it wrong.

Casey said...

Yeah, Davo--we might just have different definitions of the difine? "The kingdom of heaven is within you," etc.

But then, to tell the truth--I'm not sure about Paul's command. It may just be that what he suggests makes us think, makes us question, "Is that even possible"?

"...what other need to hear in order that they may believe..."

But I really don't know. With Daniel, I'm probably doing it wrong... another big question for me is, "What is prayer?"