This week I have been listening again to Pádraig Ó Tuama, an Irish theologian, poet, and religious leader, who also happens to be gay. I am always inspired by what he has to say. This time, it's about prayer:
“Prayer,” in English, comes from French, “prier” — “to ask.” And I think, sometimes, if it’s understood that prayer is only held by those who have a devotion to a religious understanding, we have limited prayer. That’s a limited imagination about what prayer is — because we all ask, and we all come in contact with deep desire, and that, in itself, is an experience of prayer. And I think one of the benefits of being part of a tradition where you can find form to put your prayer in is that you can feel like there’s a container for the things that it can be difficult to contain. Pádraig Ó Tuama
Prayer as a container for things difficult to contain. That's a thought that can carry us to a lot of places, especially when we have a lot on our minds that is difficult to contain. Place it, arrange it, into the container of prayer. In the arranging, we may find that our jumbled minds get better arranged, and clearer. And to have a place for tough thoughts, ideas, experiences, can help us to keep moving forward. Prayer.