To pray and to work. It interests me how hard I find it to pray (apart from the odd chat) whilst on holiday. I am wondering whether prayer is so tied up with work as a priest that I do actually need a break from it (but not God) or prayer will become a chore. Or is it because I am not working that there is nothing to feed my prayers? Or is it because I have broken free of the rhythm of work that it is hard to pray. The two are so closely interwoven. Prayer holds everything together and sustains me through the work. Or is it simply because personal prayer also needs corporate prayer and without formality and structure there can be no spontineity. Perhaps I am missing not having anyone to pray with.
I guess St Benedict got the balance right. It’s why I like his rule.
So while I’ve been on holiday this week and next, I’ll stick with the odd chat. I don’t think He will mind!