Saint Romuald lived from the first millennium into the second. He likewise bridged the world of monastic prayer and the rest of the world by showing that ordinary experiences are examples of how to relate to God. He said, for example, “Sit in your cell as in paradise. Put the whole world behind you and forget it”—perhaps anticipating today’s “turn off your cell phone and television.” He said, “Watch your thoughts like a good fisherman watching for fish,” suggesting that if you know how to fish—be silent, still, and wait for the fish to make themselves known—then you know how to pray. A great saint can point us to holiness in simple, commonplace ways.
2 Corinthians 9:6-11; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 (367).
“Your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”