Prayer is "Ruining" the Anchoress

Oh no, prayer can only make it (and her) better, especially if prayer is helping her to see things like this:

Gasp – my conscience is singed! I fail in love every day, no matter how much I try. Managing unconditional love for the people in my house, whom I like to think I would die for, is hard enough; my love is always imperfect and impatient, tsking and selfish. Loving everyone else? No wonder I give such scandal. And then, the blog; no matter how hard I try to observe politics with detachment, the mouth, the sarcasm, the ME still intrudes, every day, and my spiritual dismantling of myself (and, most abhorrently) of others, continues apace. God help me.


Read her story here.  And then wonder how many Catholic bloggers could say the same?

James Martin, SJ


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david power
8 years 4 months ago
She is not alone.Some bloggers should realize they do more harm than good and that their insistence on blogging is perhaps against the wishes of God.They spread hate and do nothing to buid up the faith but tend only to inspire division and backbiting. No amount of self-loathing or pained modesty can make up for the scandal caused.
Joe Garcia
8 years 4 months ago
I cannot speak for anyone other than myself, but there is a certain - and I use the word advisedly - pain that comes from diligent prayer. If prayer draws us closer to God (and it does) then it also gives us an ever clearer picture of where we fail to live up to the command to "Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect."
It happens to me with increasing frequency as I walk awkwardly towards His grace. In that regard it's not unlike molting; I feel pain, hypersensitivity, and a heightened awareness of what I have been thus far, in all my glorious failures of commission and omission.
But it is necessary for my growth and salvation. So persist in prayer I must, if I am to become less like me and more like the "me" God intended.
None of this is to say that I (or, indeed, any other blogger) ought retire to the country to study daffodils, but to use that growth borne of prayer to transform one's blogging.


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