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Beginning to Pray authored by Anthony Bloom and read by Paul Smith addresses five aspects of prayer: Absence of God, Knocking at the Door, Going Inward, Managing Time, and Addressing God. 2 CDs; approx. 2.5 hours.
Anthony Bloom on…
The Absence of God
"The fact that God can make Himself present or can leave us with the sense of His absence is part of this live and real relationship."
Knocking at the Door
"We must stand before God without trying to give Him a shape or to imprison Him in concepts and images, and we must knock at a door."
"If you are inattentive to the words you pronounce, if your heart does not respond to them, or if your life is not turned in the same direction as your prayer, it will not reach out Godwards."
"I think we must do exercises in stopping time and in standing in the present, in this now which is my present and which is also the intersection of eternity with time."
"There will come a moment when the door will open, but then you must have a name for God. You must be able to say a word that shows that it is you who have been in search of Him…"
ANTHONY BLOOM – son of a Russian diplomat, physician, monk and archbishop of the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain – earned the respect and affection of countless people worldwide because of his deep humanity and tireless witness to the Gospel. Although he died in 2003 at the age of 89, he continues to offer guidance in the spiritual life through his writings.