What is the “arrow prayer” in your heart right now?
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Transcript of Video:
In the Society’s Rule and its teaching on the practice of intercession, we’re reminded of the tradition throughout the monastic history of monastic and religious communities being called upon to pray and intercede; to take their pattern of daily stopping at the various hours or stopping in the midst of work to offer prayer, to raise up the lives of others or ourselves, for God’s care and power and love to be made known to us. I’ve often been asked to stop and pray on behalf of Brothers, Brothers coming to us, or to stop and pray when offering the ministry of healing, the laying on of hands. Or to stop in a spiritual direction interview, to allow the silence of God’s presence to envelop us. But these are all forms of prayer. The prayer of stopping does not have to be a formal thing at all. When we stop in the middle of the day to send what the Rule speaks of us as, kind of, “arrow prayers” – just small short prayers of gratitude, repetition for ourselves with intercession or adoration – we have stopped. We have stopped the grind of chronos, moment after moment, and have entered into kairos, the time which is God’s eternal now, God’s eternal love.
-Br. Jonathan Maury