Prayer is at the heart
not only of great religion, but of significant living.
we cannot scale the heights of compassion or
[reach] the peaks of love of our neighbor
of which we are [called and] capable.
Prayer has been an enduring
and universal phenomenon of human life,
not because a priesthood ordained it,
nor because tradition hallowed it,
but because humanity is ever-seeking
to probe into it’s own depths and
bring to light it’s hidden yearnings…
Prayer requires no consecrated edifice
and no appointed hour.
Indeed, it needs no words.
Prayer is a step on which we rise from
the self we are to
the self we wish to be.
Prayer affirms the hope no reality can crush;
the [goal] that can never acknowledge defeat…
Prayer is not an escape from duty.
It is no substitute for the deed.
Prayer seeks the power
to do wisely,
to act generously,
to live helpfully.
It helps to reinforce the act
rather than to replace it.
Prayer is the search
for silence in the midst of life….
Our prayers are answered not
when we are given what we ask, but
when we are challenged to be what we can be.
— Rabbi Morris Adler (1913-1966)
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