Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Essence of the Cloistered Heart

I wrote the following in 1996:

I am thinking of what happens when a person walks through the world, carrying Jesus in her heart, in a continual, chosen atmosphere of prayer.

I know there are people like this all over the world, and what effects are made upon situations by the prayers they quietly offer?

Can it change a family or work environment if a person prays silently in the midst of it?  Of course we know it can, and I think we would say that it inevitably does.  It is a kind of heart monasticism carried into first one family and then another, into a mall, onto a bus.

It is the whole essence of the cloistered heart.

William Strang painting, in US public domain due to age