Where Love is

When we are enslaved
by obsessive desires
We are not free to pray.

When our interest in
power, money and material things
is greater than
our longing for God,
we are still far from
authentic prayer.

The deeper we journey
into prayer
the less interested we are
in thoughts rooted in
worldly desires and sensory perceptions.

Our prayer should be dressed
in reverence and humility,
unsoiled by a mind
still cluttered, impassioned and impure.

Calm the restlessness of your mind
by mindfulness of your breathing
and by acts of compassion and mercy.

The altar of our spirit
should be unadorned
and free of
false and unhealthy desires.

We must imitate God
who stoops down in mercy
to touch us.
So we too must
stoop down in mercy
to touch others…
even those who live far away.

The spiritual life
is a twofold journey…
an inward movement
to the depths of our being
and the source of Love
and an outward movement
to the broken world,
the margins of society,
where love is manifested
in acts of kindness.

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2 Responses to “Where Love is”


  1. 1 aliceny May 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Even though I live 3000 miles away from California, you have stooped down in mercy and touched my life by your words.
    Thank you, Mr. Straub.


  1. 1 By: aliceny Trackback on May 31, 2013 at 8:34 am

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