A woman on a much-needed retreat sought to know more about God and herself. She prayed, “Who are you and who am I?” For three days she prayed this refrain over a hundred times but no answer came. As she was leaving the retreat grounds she tried a last time: “Who are you and who am I?” An answer came, a revelation: “I am God and you are not!” In that answer lies the meaning of prayer. God is our loving, creating, sanctifying God—we are creatures who are not lords of this world or of our own lives. God is our Maker, our Sustainer, and our End.
— from the book Living Prayer: A Simple Guide to Every Day Enlightenment by Robert F. Morneau