Prayer and Magic

Fr. Stephen Freeman, speaking about the “paradox of prayer,” points out that in the physical world we typically think in terms of cause and effect, and this is easily transferred to our thinking about prayer. But prayer must be understood in terms of relationship not cause and effect. He then says,

The direct connection between the fervency of prayer and the efficacy of prayer is indeed magic, not Christianity, and magic is a temptation even in the modern world.


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