Those who are inclined to pray in moments of great duress do not need to be prompted. They simply pray out their hearts, as if their life depended on their connecting with God at that very moment. Which it does. And this is one of the great paradoxes of life: the potential for God’s presence, God’s light, God’s love, God’s consolation to be absolutely consummating when, at the same time, we are being absolutely consumed by suffering.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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