May 19, 2009

Hermitage Notes: Prayer and Chastity

Time stretches out empty. No appointments, no phone, no internet, no parlor calls. Just an empty time for prayer.

That's what prayer has always been for me, a sort of interior emptiness. It's the Holy of Holies, that core of the Temple that God has commanded be left empty. That's the heart of of prayer, and the prayer of the heart, the empty place surrounded by the great Temple of sacrifice.

That's my praying heart, empty. That's my solitude against loneliness. That's my celibacy subsumed into prayer in blessed emptiness of heart--and this is the only way celibacy really makes senses if I want to be honest. (And I do.)

1 comment:

KAM said...

Brother Charles - As you say in the begginning of your post "No appointments, no phone etc." I spent a weekend at a cloistered monastary in Petersham MA three weeks ago. A wonderful quiet retreat. Spoke six words all weekend. 'Just empty time for prayer'.
Wonderful blog, thank you.