Divine vs. Human Wisdom

Years of working with Scripture has taught me that the most explosive divine concepts (for example, continual prayer, complete detachment, a sparing-sharing lifestyle) while they at first seem impossible are seen upon further study to be absolutely correct. It is quite otherwise with human wisdom. At first it has the appearance of truth, but upon further testing and experience it is found to be lacking in only too many cases.

Thomas Dubay S.M.

Prayer and Life

Strange it is that when people experience emptiness in prayer, they assume the main problem must be that they have not yet found the right book or the right technique oriental or occidental. Scripture says nothing about method at prayer, but it does say a great deal about true poverty. The main problem in developing a deep prayer life is by far the failure to live the radicality of the Gospel, hour by hour and day by day.

Thomas Dubay, S.M.


[The spiritual dimension of] listening is that attitude of heart whereby that which is deepest and most mysterious in us remains in loving attentiveness to that which is deepest and most mysterious in God.

Francis Kelly Nemeck and Marie Therese Coombs