Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lectio Divina - One hundred and five

Simone Weil, from "Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God" in Waiting For God. New York: Harper & Row, 1951, 105.

The key to a Christian conception of studies is the realization that prayer consists of attention. It is the orientation of all the attention of which the soul is capable toward God. The quality of the attention counts for much in the quality of the prayer. Warmth of heart cannot make up for it. The highest part of the attention only makes contact with God, when prayer is intense and pure enough for such a contact to be established.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Lectio Divina - One hundred and four

Gregory Orr, Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2005.

To be alive

To be alive: not just the carcass

But the spark.

That's crudely put, but…

If we're not supposed to dance,

Why all this music?