“A poor old ragged woman, like a little black ghost, came shuffling in carpet slippers. She was like a bundle of old dry leaves wrapped around with cobweb. First she knelt and held her beads, then she approached the crucifix, and bending forward kissed the feet and placed her cheek against them, wetting them with her tears, and she was whispering all the time. She seemed to be holding a conversation with the crucifix. She would pause, pausing as if for a reply, and then speaking again. I fancied from her manner that she was in the habit of talking to Christ like this, perhaps telling Him her anxieties, and maybe the events in the tenement where she lived. Here is a simple person conversing with God. It is the invitation to do that that God gives to us.” “A Traveller in Rome” H. V. Morton
“Conversing with God is the supreme dialog. Jesus Christ is the dialog reestablished. He is the God coming to us. God is the God who at all costs desires to be known, and who in the most costly way has revealed Himself to us.” William Barclay
The Jewish Shema is the central prayer in the Jewish prayerbook, usually repeated twice daily. It is made up of the scriptures of Deuteronomy 6:4-9, which stresses the commandment to love the Lord thy God with all of your heart, soul and might. The second part is from Deuteronomy 11:13-21, which stresses blessings that come through obedience and consequences that come through disobedience. It concludes with Numbers 15:37-41, to remind oneself to observe all the commandments of the Lord.