When Prayer can be Itself, by Karl Rahner
Prayer can be itself only when it is understood as the last moment of speech before the silence,
as the act of self-disposal just before the incomprehensibility of God disposes of one,
as the reflexion immediately preceding the act of letting oneself fall after the last of one’s own efforts and full of trust,
into the infinite Wholeness which reflexion can never grasp.
To this Susan Phillips writes, “One falls, trustingly, beyond what can be expressed in speech… It’s a submission and immersion in grace, even when one’s life circumstances are distracting or painful.” (Candlelight)
Perhaps this is another reason why prayer is difficult; another reason why one might not pray. If prayer is best understood at the last moment of “self-disposal” – who can venture courageously to do that? Who has the trust to face the incomprehensibility of God?
In an earlier post I wrote:
And the beauty of it all is
The endless loops of wonder
The dendritic pathways of discovery
The labyrinthine journeys of joy
All found in You, from You, with You…
We are beckoned to be one with the infinite Wholeness and Holiness of God – who’s glory we cannot grasp, or in grasping, we hold only “fistfuls of grace.”