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Monday, February 19, 2007
some Thoughts on Prayer
People expect nuns to pray, but they often want to know why I take time for prayer. Prayer is an expression of our relationship with God. The more I pray, the easier it is for God is always present. Sometimes I may feel that God is absent but the very desire in my heart to find Him shows me that He is present and giving me this longing to seek Him."When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me." (Jer 29:13)The best way to pray is the way I pray best. There is no one way and prayer changes as our relationship with God deepens. When two people have been together for a long time, words are not necessary.Thomas Merton has a word of wisdom that has helped me. He asks: "How does an apple ripen? It just sits in the sun." That is a good description of contemplative prayer.
Hello, my name is Helen Rosenthal, RSCJ. Those initials stand for Religious of the Sacred Heart in Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish. Since my religious congregation began in France in 1800 and now is all over the world, we have kept the RSCJ. By now you know that I am not only known as Dr. Helen Rosenthal, but also as Sister Helen Rosenthal.
I am the oldest of four children. We were all born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. We lived in a big house with a playroom on the third floor. On Sundays we either went to my paternal grandmother's house where her six children would gather faithfully for supper or we would have my mother's father and our great aunt and uncle for a roast beef dinner at home. In summer, I would go to the lake with my Dad and I still love to swim.