Real prayer gives us energy, energy to be used for others. Real prayer allows God to channel his power through us. It allows God to work in and through us. It gives us a strength that nothing else can. Real prayer is being ourselves in the presence of God and allowing God to speak in the silence of our hearts. It is not a treasure from the past; it is not something we use in an emergency.
St. Augustine of Canterbury –
When Jesus prayed for togetherness he was not so concerned with our opinions as with our attitudes. Remember what he said: “By this shall all know that you are my disciples in that you love one another.” I don’t have to agree with you on every issue and you don’t have to agree with me. There can be unity in our diversity if only we have love. How can our Lord’s plea for Christian unity ever be fulfilled without your help and mine? We have to pitch in and get that prayer answered.
St. Philip Neri –
In Jesus’ final prayer to his Father at the Last Supper he thanks God for the words that God gave to him and that he now gives to us, words that reveal the love of God for all of us, his sons and daughters; words that give us reason to hope that we can bring light into the cold, dark corners of our lives.
We are all in the process of becoming. If we could only live with that kind of attitude that without our knowing, God’s providence is working his purposes out even when it is invisible to our eyes. All we need is to trust in God’s providence.
The Ascension of the Lord –
My friends, our going to ‘all nations’ does not have to be too radical. Maybe we can reach out to someone in our work place, someone in our own family, among our friends. Maybe we can reach out in love to a person who is in need of support or affirmation. It sure beats standing around looking up into the heavens waiting for things to get better or go away or settle down.
With the sign of the cross we begin our Mass, we begin our rosary, we begin prayer. Notice, there is no verb in that prayer, there is no subject, there is no object. It merely sets the stage. It’s like an announcement, a herald, placing ourselves in God’s presence, filling our whole being with the Holy Trinity.
St. Rita of Cascia –
We may grieve the loss of a good friend or a family member. We may grieve the betrayal of a friend or the inconsiderateness of someone special to us. We are all acquainted with such grief and for that reason we should be profoundly heartened by the promise Jesus made to his followers that their grief would be turned into joy.
Like some splendid gem, Jesus is multi-faceted. He shows different sides of his truth to those who approach him in different ways. Each time we see Jesus again, we learn something that we had not known before.
St. Bernardine of Siena –
When our thinking mind reaches its limit God steps in. Truth is not our discovery; it is God’s gift. The more we respond to Jesus’ invitation to prayer the better we will know him. The more we become like him the more he will reveal himself to us. Jesus is the revelation of God and we must be the revelation of Jesus.
The good news is that even when we have strayed far from God, He is always there to welcome us back. With Christ we are forgiven and saved from any further judgment. This too is the work of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who convinces us and makes us certain and sure that in this crucified figure of Christ we too can find our Savior and our Lord. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin and convinces us of our Savior.