Silence and Prayer

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So I finally started reading Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids.

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Early in the book, she writes about her life with her family in New Jersey and Philadelphia.  She recounts her mother teaching her prayers, her daily prayers before bed.

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Most interesting here, however, is that as she grows older she learns to understand prayer a bit differently.  She says she never understood prayer until she understood and accepted silence.

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A lovely idea, that anything sublime about life is beyond words, and is felt but not known.

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I remember reading something else Patti Smith wrote or said, something to the effect that the irreverent often know more about religion and spirituality; in challenging the boundaries, you know more about what the hold and what to value.

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