“Prayer is listening to the voice of the One who calls you the beloved. [Prayer] is to constantly go back to the Truth of who we are [in God] and claim it for ourselves. I’m not what I do. I’m not what people say about me. I’m not [my posessions]. My life is not rooted in the world, the things the world gives me.
My life is rooted in the truth of my spiritual identity. Whatever we do—we have to go back regularly to that place of core identity.”
-Henri Nouwen, The Only Necessary Thing: Living a Prayerful Life