Only God can "rate" our prayers (in case you are wondering why I didn't rate it).
I honestly hope Flannery O'Connor would have not mind to know that he...moreOnly God can "rate" our prayers (in case you are wondering why I didn't rate it).
I honestly hope Flannery O'Connor would have not mind to know that her prayer journal was published, and that I read it.
Some further thoughts in case you love her and would love to read this journal:
The Introduction by W.A. Sessions I can rate, so I give it 2 stars. I very much disliked that the author tries to say that O'Connor was "universal" and that she wrote these letters to a "presence" she "generally named God."
O'Connor was a Roman Catholic so there are a few prayers to Mary. However, it is interesting to note that she seemed to know that only God could help her.
Some of my favorite quotes:
"I do not wish to presume. I want to love."
"...give me a strong Will to be able to bend it to the Will of the Father."
"Please let Christian principles permeate my writing and please let there be enough of my writing (published) for Christian principles to permeate."
"Don't let me ever think, dear God, that I was anything but the instrument for Your story- just like the typewriter was mine."
"Help me to ask You, oh Lord, for what is is good for me to have, for what I can have and do your service by having."
"Meet him first in the day, before you meet other people."
"The first moments of the new day are not the time for our own plans and worries, not even f...more"Meet him first in the day, before you meet other people."
"The first moments of the new day are not the time for our own plans and worries, not even for our zeal to accomplish our own work, but for God’s liberating grace, God’s sanctifying presence."
"Before our daily bread should be the daily Word. Only thus will the bread be received with thanksgiving."
"I can be certain that there is no life situation for which God’s Word will not speak the necessary direction. But it requires earnest attentiveness, tireless questioning and study in order to perceive the right commandment and thus be able to recognize the inexhaustible goodness of God in all his commandments."
"Do I forget to eat and drink and sleep? Why do I forget God’s Word? Because I am not yet able to say with the psalmist: “My delight is in your statutes.” I never forget that in which I delight. To forget or not is a matter not only of the mind but of the whole person, including the heart. That on which my life and soul depend I cannot forget."
"The giving of thanks can only begin when the gift of the divine Word is acknowledged; indeed, only when I am immersed in the study of the divine Word. How could one begin to give thanks to God and not concern oneself with his Word? What kind of thanks would it be to receive the gifts but refuse the required obedience to the giver? It would be a pagan thanksgiving, which is indeed widely practiced. That is not a giving of thanks to the Lord God, but rather to an impersonal fate or fortune to which I am in no way obligated. Thanks to God that does not proceed from an obedient heart is presumption and falsehood. Only when God’s revealed Word has made our heart want to obey him can we thank God for earthly and heavenly gifts..."
"I thank God because I want to learn and know what he requires of me, but I thank him as one who is still only learning, who still lacks everything when measured by God’s righteous judgments. So thanksgiving leads me back to the giving God and then forward to the commanding God, in order finally to find in him his righteousness, which I experience anew as righteousness given to me. “Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me; but to those who keep in my way will I show the salvation of God” (Ps. 50:24)."
C.S. Lewis is always a good read; however, this is not a book I would recommend to someone who wants to grow in his prayer life. There are other books...moreC.S. Lewis is always a good read; however, this is not a book I would recommend to someone who wants to grow in his prayer life. There are other books that do that far better.
"A concentrated mind and a sitting body make for better prayer than a kneeling body and a mind half asleep."
"If the imagination were obedient, the appetites would give us very little trouble."
"Joy is the serious business of Heaven."
"There is no morality in Heaven."
Referring to the suffering and afflictions that we must experience: "We are Christians, not Stoics."