Coronavirus and Contemplation: A Second Reflection
Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
This is a second podcast in response to a request for more information about contemplative prayer in light of social distancing and the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. Here I provide some practical “how to” advice about the practice of contemplative prayer. You can listen to this post by clicking on the “play” button above.
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