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AUG 06, 2014 - Visual Epistles

Prayer as a Passage

Prayer as a Passage is the third session from The Art and Practice of Prayer , a 7 film series on embracing divine presence. Also the first collection from our new "Poieō Series: Liturgy That Shapes and Transforms." (The word poieō in Greek means “to make” and “to do.” This is where we get the word “poem.” Poetry comes through the creative process that we put into our lives, our relationships, our most intimate connections. This series is a collection to stir our deep longing to set our lives into the rhythm and meter of an eternal song).

What does prayer do? Jean Vanier reflects on what happens when we pray in a way that breaks us: “Prayer becomes truthful when it brings us down on our knees and we start weeping, we start weeping, and we are conscious we are I am loved by God, but I am a very broken person.” As a philosopher and theologian, Vanier speaks about prayer not as an empty or manipulative practice, but as a passage to a new consciousness, a way of growth. 

Too often, prayer seeks to change everything around us, except us. What if prayer is not to change our conditions and circumstances, but it is to change us instead? What if prayer is a road or “passage” to spiritual growth? Prayer can help us to achieve our deepest and fullest desires, i.e. to love better.

Watch the film. Consider the questions. (DOWNLOAD HERE). Comment below.

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This discussion will be facilitated by Phuc Luu, theological and philosophical writer for TWOTP. He is a professor of theology and philosophy in Houston, Texas.

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