One of my favorite stories is of Teresa of Avila. She's sitting in the kitchen with a roasted chicken. And she's got it with both hands, and she's gnawing on it, just devouring this chicken. One of the nuns comes in shocked that she's doing this, behaving this way. She said, "When I eat chicken, I eat chicken; when I pray, I pray."

source: Eugene Peterson, "Spirituality for all the wrong reasons," http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2005/003/26.42.html tags: Prayer, Spiritual Formation