The practice of prayer is a matter of paying simultaneous attention to what is inner and what is outer, to what is unknown and what is known, to what is hoped for and what is seen. I make no functional distinction between prayer and meditation. Contemplative prayer considers what is eternal and invisible, intercessory prayer adds to that what is changeable and evident. It is an exercise that stretches the soul, and when practiced at its best leads to courage for ethical action.


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