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In a recent issue of America magazine, John Donahue makes this comment: "Virtually no Christian group has adopted Jesus' teaching on love of enemy as the critical test of orthodoxy. Yet Jesus issues four ringing commands: love your enemies; do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you; pray for those who mistreat you."
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One classic definition of prayer tells us that prayer is raising mind and heart to God. In essence, that says it all. The problem is that often we raise our minds but not our hearts. Our prayer tends to be intellectual but not affective and we tend to think of prayer more as a way of gaining insight than as way of being touched in the heart.
Ten years ago, I spent six months on sabbatical at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. During that time, I lived at our Oblate parish in inner-city Oakland.
Many of us could use more silence in our lives. I say this cautiously because the place of silence in a healthy spirituality isn't easy to specify.