Today in Rosaries

“Distractions might seem like just a useless bother, a waste of time, and better ignored than fussed over. They look like dead-ends and without value for the prayer journey. Sister Vilma’s study shows how wrong that judgment would be. Distractions are in fact like undercover agents that ferret out the nature of each level of distractions and warn the traveler about what to expect and how to meet their challenge at each stage. Distractions are by no means a curse, and they can be a blessing. Failure to examine them is our own loss. Such is the thesis of this insightful little book of Sister Vilma Seelaus, an experienced Carmelite nun and teacher, whose book witnesses to a lifetime of prayer and reflection on this material.

“Distractions are in the mainstream of the journey. They serve to enlighten the negative side of transformation in Christ just as the graces of prayer are positive indicators. The negative parts of the journey are what we must die to, the positive the graces we are to embrace. It is rare to find such a complete inventory of the problems to be faced along the way, but it is one half of the journey. The movement is from the outside to the inside, from less to more, from self-possession to self-surrender. What distracts us at any given moment in the process is the enemy we need to face at that time.”

from Fr. Ernest Larkin’s review of Vilma Seelaus, OCD,’s Distractions in Prayer: Blessing or Curse? St. Teresa of Avila’s Teachings in The Interior Castle

[Hat Tip to Southern Expat.]


  1. Betty Beguiles says

    That's an awesome image you've got there.

  2. Matthew Lickona says

    Thanks. But it's really more of an awesome image this person has over here. I'm just sitting back and marveling at the distraction. Those lips! Those nails!

  3. Betty Beguiles says

    Not a bad looking undercover agent.

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