… love the Lord your God with all your passion
and prayer and muscle and intelligence--
and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.
Luke 10:27 (MSG)
For in [Jesus] all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell…
Colossians 1:19 (NRSV)
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.
Romans 8:26 (NRSV)
This is the book that inspired tonight's session...
Physical faith is an
integrated faith, honoring
both soul and body. Such
an earthly spirituality was practiced by Jesus, whose
life serves as the definitive model of physical spirituality.
(Doug Pagitt in the Introduction to
BodyPrayer: The Posture of Intimacy with God)
John Philip Newell leads participants
in the "Body Prayer" during an advent retreat, "A Celtic Spirituality Weekend" at Grace St.Paul's Episcopal Church, Tucson, Arizona.