Monday, November 2, 2015

Wood Knot + An Octopus Eye + Connections = Praying Without Ceasing

This morning, I found myself in a quiet house, with a cup of good coffee, a book of poetry, and a window inviting me to simply sit, be still and reflect on the goodness of God.

A gnarled knot on the thick tentacle that was a maple tree branch stared back at me, like the eye of an octopus.  While neither the tree nor the ‘eye’ was God, I could see God in both.  In that moment, a connection was made between God, a tree, an ocean creature, and me – reaffirming the interconnectedness of all Creation.  The pregnancy of that moment birthed thoughts and images of so many people who are part of my life – family, Sisters, friends, former co-workers, people with and for whom I’ve ministered - life-long connections and connections only days old.

Those connections between a wood knot, an octopus eye, God’s omnipresence, and the people in my life, prompted me to ponder the meaning of St. Paul’s exhortation to “pray without ceasing”, a challenging one for me.  Could the warm flood of connections, of thoughts, of images – some fleeting, others very intentional – be ways for me to ‘pray without ceasing’?  I’d like to think so.

What does ‘pray without ceasing’ mean to you?  As a reader of this blog, you are now part of my life and I’m part of yours.  Let’s pray for each other.

Kathy Flynn, OP
Whitefish Bay, WI


  1. Nice post, Sr. Kathy. To pray without ceasing to me means that throughout my daily life, whenever my thoughts can be free to turn to God or spiritual need or intention for another, I should turn that thought into a prayer. It need not be in a formal setting or a particular prayer; I pray a lot in traffic here in Denver. These days, if we are living in the world, we can't wait for the perfect opportunity to pray.

  2. Thanks Kathy for your generous and perceptive sharing. I was forced to stop the other day in absolute awe at a huge the backlit yellow maple on Woodrow.Gods presence is indeed everywhere but the shear beauty took my breath away.


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