Living in today’s world filled with suffering and pain, one asks “what can I do to relieve this madness and perhaps make a difference in a positive way?”
The answer comes in the form of contemplative prayer;
PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!
Where negatives exist in peoples’ lives, our positive message invites them to conversion of heart. Our positive message may be rejected. We continue to offer it as a gift, not as a tool to club others into submission. Following the Gospel is not easy in a culture that does not support gospel values. A faithful Christian finds this out very quickly!
I’ll pass along what Mother Teresa of Calcutta wrote on the wall of one of her homes:
“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of being selfish and of having ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight; Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you have anyway…”
This sums up the reasons I sit down, light my candle, pray for Guidance and write an icon. With each line I paint, with each puddle of pigment I push around, I am praying–without ceasing.