If even a human lover knows how much love requires expression in words, how much more God knows this.
What is prayer if not a long love dialogue in which the soul lays bare to God all its needs, its delights, its love, and its gratitude.
There are various reasons why what seems obvious in human love seems strange in divine love. One would be that the absence of a visible partner in conversation gives to all prayer a quality of foolishness, unless the viewer believes as deeply as the prayer in the reality of a God who cares.
Since the nonbeliever in prayer has great difficulty in trusting that God listens, it becomes even more absurd to him to think that God would be willing to hear about such un-divine matters as one's messy set of problems or to the repetitious prayers of the liturgy.
Yet the same person, when in love, would not consider it below his dignity to enjoy the repeated hymns of praising love which his girlfriend sings to him throughout the day; nor would a girl, at the peak of her love for a boy, feel bored with hearing his thoughts about daily events. She is interested in everything about him and as eager to help him overcome petty annoyances as to come to his aid in grave difficulties.
Ronda Chervin. "Our Unwearying Love Dialogue." from Church of Love (Liguori, Missouri: Liguori Publications, 1973).
Reprinted by permission of the author, Ronda Chervin. Church of Love is out of print.
This excerpt appeared in Magnificat.
Ronda Chervin teaches at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. She converted to the Catholic Faith from a Jewish, though atheistic, background and has been a Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Loyola Marymount University, the Seminary of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and Franciscan University of Steubenville. She is the author of some sixty books including Healing of Rejection with the Help of the Lord: A Survivor's Guide, Avoiding Bitterness in Suffering: How Our Heroes in Faith Found Peace Amid Sorrow, Catholic Realism: A Framework for the Refutation of Atheism and the Evangelization of Atheists, What The Saints Said About Heaven: 101 Holy Insights On Everlasting Life, and Holding Hands with God: Catholic Women Share Their Stories of Courage.Copyright © 1973 Ronda Chervin
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