Saturday, 19 July 2014

More on constant repetition

"As you form the habit of saying (the Jesus Prayer) in the back of your mind all the time, it soaks into you, like dye into cotton, and colours the way you encounter every person and circumstance you meet.

There's the answer to the question I had a while back: how can you think about the words of the Prayer all the time, when there are so many other things you have to think about? In the same way you can have a meal, go on a trip, or visit a museum with a friend. You could do all those things alone, but of you take a friend with you, it won't hinder your enjoyment. You may even more out of it, because your friend's presence enhances your awareness, and you see things through his eyes as well. When you see everything alongside that best of friends, Jesus Christ, your encounters with the world and everyone and everything in it are transformed."
Frederica Mathewes-Green: The Jesus Prayer page 15

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