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ceitagh Thought for the Day - May 26 (38) RE: Thought for the Day - May 26 26 May 00


I think Fr. Fenelon's prayer is beautiful. Not degrading or disempowering at all. I think there is a tendency to think, while witnessing a believer that "i know they say they believe that, but surely they don't *really* think that..." You know? We're very respectful of people's beliefs as long as they don't seem to affect their lives 'too much' and don't intrude on our lives or comfort.

I don't know whether leisure time or distractions have anything to do with the way people pray now as compared to how they used to pray....i know that i know people who pray like Fr. Fenelon, very beautifully and elequently, and its hard not to respect someone who has that integrity. I'm attending the ordination of one such 'pray-er' in two weeks time.

To say "Your will is greater than mine, you know better than I do what is right for me" does not indicate low self-worth or unwillingness to take responsibility...it's the logical extension of the belief in God's omnipotence. Most believers claim a belief in God's omnipotence....how many of us have the integrity to make the act of faith that naturally follows this belief? If God is real, and omnipotent, and personal, then Fr. Fenelon's prayer is the most appropriate reaction possible.

Thanks for a lovely Thought of the Day, Peter.
Pax,
Kate


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