How often do we find our minds wandering during prayer? The reason, St. Francis de Sales suggests, is that our minds, which think by concretely re-presenting reality, cannot focus well on abstraction. They will always gravitate to more concrete things. The way to focus our minds in prayer, therefore, is to picture mentally the one to whom we pray and the matter about which we pray.

~ Gregory A. Boyd (in Seeing is Believing)

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