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Another thing that bothers most people is that when we pray, we seem to get distracted. That is especially true when we are trying to listen for God’s word. There is an old story about St. Bernard, who once had a friend who told him her never had any distractions. Bernard confessed to having trouble with them. The two were out horseback riding when St. Bernard said, “I will give you this horse, if you can say the Lord’s Prayer without being distracted. Now get off your horse and let me hear you begin.”

His friend dismounted and got as far as the words, “Give us this day our daily bread,” when he looked at Bernard and asked, “Can I have the saddle, too?” [Glendon E. Harris, Pulpit Resource, (Logos Productions, Inc: Grove Heights), July 12, 1992]

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