The monastic Order of Julian of Norwich is unique in having vows that explicitly include prayer. But prayer is so essential to Julian spirituality that we would be incomplete without it. This quote from Julian’s Revelations captures the formative value of prayer within our order, “Prayer fastens the soul to God, making it one with his will through the deep inward working of the Holy Spirit.”
Our customary practice of prayer, as Julian Oblates, involves a daily habit of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer under a cloister comprising three hours of Still Prayer (contemplation) weekly. The Book of Common Prayer guides our daily intercessions building an integrated community of prayer even though we are widely dispersed.
As God exhorted Julian in her Revelations, “Pray inwardly, even though you feel no joy in it. For it does good, though you feel nothing, see nothing, yes, even though you think you cannot pray.” It is a solemn vow to struggle toward such abandonment to prayer. I take it one day at a time. There was evening and there was morning, each day begins and ends with prayer.
Calvin Wulf is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator who lives in Colorado with his wife Lisa. He has a passion for Christian spiritual formation drawing from the ancient spiritual traditions of the Apostles, and Christian sages through the ages. He is also a vowed oblate of the contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich.
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