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Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Why don't people pray like this anymore?
The opening prayer in our Asbury Theological Seminary Spring Reader for today stunned me.  I am coining a new term for what this way of praying evokes in me-- theomotional.  Get it-- it's theological and yet it is emotional.  It is from Catherine of Sienna.  

Check this out:

Dear Lord, it seems that you are so madly in love with your creatures that you could not live without us. So you created us; and then, when we turned away from you, you redeemed us. Yet you are God, and so have no need of us. Your greatness is made no greater by our creation; your power is made no stronger by our redemption. You have no duty to care for us, no debt to repay us. It is love, and love alone, which moves you. —Catherine of Siena, 1347-1380

Who is praying like this in our day?  Wow!

Get involved with this Reader if you haven't already.  It's a Kingdom Treasure Trove.  
posted by John David Walt | at 4/09/2008 12:07:00 AM

 

4 Comments:

Anonymous Scott Fillmer said...

Great point, thanks for the post.

5:45 PM EDT  
Blogger jason said...

glad to see you getting the rhythm back

keep on dancing brotha

1:34 AM EDT  
Blogger The J's Simmons said...

I noted that prayer too, JD. I think Catherine already had the "love is the movement" T-shirt.

9:55 AM EDT  
Blogger John said...

interesting you should post about that prayer from the reader, JD...i recall thinking the very same thing...i even said to joy that i need to read more about Catherine of Siena :)

1:20 PM EDT  

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