Century Marks

Moratorium on prayer: Anthony Bloom, longtime head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain, was a noted authority on prayer. In an article published posthumously (Theology Today, April), Bloom admits that his prayers were once driven by the thought that if he didn’t pray his world might collapse. His spiritual director told him that he wasn’t trusting in God’s love, care or providence, but rather was trusting in his prayers. The director forbade him to pray for awhile. Instead, he told Bloom, when people would come into his mind he was to thank God for them and for their love. Bloom concluded from this experience that he is safe because of the love of God and others for him, not because of his petitions. All of his life and his prayers, then, came under the rubric of gratitude—for the love of God and others for him, a love he didn’t deserve.

 

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