About petition prayer he made an observation that put certain things in a different light. He said there are 3 possibilities. There are things God will never give us no matter how much we pray for them because He knows they will not be good for us. There are others He will give even if we never pray for them because He knows they are good for us. The 3rd group are things He has chosen to make conditional on our prayer or the prayers of others for us.
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In preparation for taking over a Medieval Philosophy course of the 92 year old priest who is finally retiring, I am rereading Chesterton's book Thomas Aquinas: the Dumb Ox.
It is a critique of the angelism of which I am so fond, insisting that Thomas baptizing Aristotle is just being incarnational since the Platonist Christian philosophers tend to make it seem as if we are just "souls wrapped in a napkin called the body." As I have explained before, but you may have forgotten, angelism in spirituality is the tendency to wish we were angels without bodies to avoid bodily crosses and just out of pride.
Little children don’t find defecating obnoxious – they find it fun. So maybe I have to pray that you, Jesus, in whom all things were made, will heal me of any Puritanic streak I got from my father, grandmother, and from the culture.
Would I really like to just live in a think tank and never walk around and see the beauty of nature? No!
"In no other act does man experience so often the disparity between the desire for expression and the means of expression as in prayer. The inadequacy of the means at our disposal appears so tangible, so tragic, that one feels it a grace to be able to give oneself up to music, to a tone, to a song, to a chant. The wave of a song carries the soul to heights which utterable meanings can never reach. Such abandonment is no escape...For the world of unutterable meanings is the nursery of the soul, the cradle of all our ideas. It is not an escape but a return to one's origins."