Deacon Lincoln’s Log 10-27-13

There was an interview in the Compass a few weeks back about Bishop Morneau as he retires from active ministry as a bishop.  During the interview, Bp. Morneau is asked which of the many books he had written is his favorite.  He names one of my favorite books: Spiritual Direction:  A Path to Spiritual Maturity.  Sadly this book is now out of print so here are ten principles of prayer explored in the first chapter:

  1. Prayer is essentially loving attention (see Jn. 17; Rm. 11:33-36).
  2. Prayer is proportionate to the quality of one’s love (see 1 Jn. 2:9-11; Lk 4:42-44).
  3. Genuine prayer demands some control over body and spirit (see Gal. 5:16-23; Mt. 4:1-17).
  4. In prayer, I must bring this me into the living and true God (see Judges 6:13; Rom. 7:14-25).
  5. Prayer’s primary focus is on God, not on self or on events (see Ps. 23; Gal. 2:17-21).
  6. Silence, solitude, and surrender are conditions for prayer (see Lk. 22:39-46; Mt. 6:5-6).
  7. The tone of prayer is one of reverence, wonder, and awe (see Is. 6:1-9; Ps. 118:5-7).
  8. God’s activity in prayer is more important than our activity (see Ps. 138; Jn. 6:44).
  9. There is no one way of prayer; pluralism in prayer must be carefully guarded and encouraged (see Col. 3:12-17; Lk. 4:42-44).
  10. Prayer leads to intimacy with God and to solidarity with all creation (see Ps. 139; Jer. 31:31-34).

These sound principles can form the basis of a lifetime of prayer.  Thank you Bishop Morneau!


Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood

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