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December 8, 2018  Saturday of the First Week of Advent

It seems that praying should be a natural, straightforward undertaking. Yet when someone asks you to pray, or when you yourself wish to pray about something, you may be at a total loss for words. Jesus reminds us in today’s Gospel lesson (Matthew 6:6-15) that more words do not make for better, or more effective, prayer. Now think not about the what, but about the where of prayer. Perhaps a magnificent cathedral, or a humble chapel, or something in between, comes to mind first. Or perhaps a location that does not resemble a place of worship at all. A wondrous aspect of praying is that it can happen everywhere and anywhere, with or without words. In fact, it may be that this Advent will be the very time when your deepest connection is made with the Holy One, as your soul calls out wordlessly to the Coming One who is Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of all.

Music: “jenseits von gut und bose”    Album langsam!   Artist: Dee Yan-Key

Image: “Chapel”   Location: Provence, France  Photographer: Jon Shematek

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