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Life as Kataphatic Prayer

God, I have to believe that you are present in the cacophony of my daily life I cannot believe that the mystical life is incompatible with the marketplace

Life as Kataphatic Prayer

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God, I have to believe that you are present

in the cacophony of my daily life

I cannot believe that the mystical life

is incompatible with the marketplace

 

Although I protect my times of silent meditation

like a mother bear guards her cubs

I know I live out the reality of my life with you

in the rest of my moving hours of the day

 

I pray that the peace and depth I find in quiet

spills over into my interactions and relationships

I pray that harmony resides

between my prayer and life

 

I hope that the transformation of stillness

floods into the activity of my day like a rushing torrent

I cannot barricade you out or dam you up in my prayer closet

No, you must be free to trickle into every moment, thought and word

 

Yet, I must remember to hold the patience of water too

Like the long, slow process of erosion

You change me slowly

drip, drip, drip

 

In my haste I cannot underestimate the power of your grace

Like water, in time, it can change even the hardest of stone

and carve out vast spaces for your presence

to dwell in me always

 

Christi Ortiz

About Christi Ortiz

Christi Ortiz is a licensed marriage and family therapist by profession and a poet by passion.  She enjoys trying to put to words to that which is wordless and give voice to the dynamic and wild spiritual journey called life. She lives in Spokane with her husband and two children, Emmanuel and Grace. She loves the outdoors and meditating in the early mornings which gives rise to her poetry.

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