03.13.14 ~ Thursday of the First Week in Lent


In Conversation with God:

The first condition for any petition to be effective is that we conform our will to God’s will. God sometimes wills or allows things and events to happen that we do not want and do not understand, but which in the end will be of great benefit to us and to others. Each time we make that act of identification of our will with God’s we shall have taken an important step forward in the virtue of humility…

if we do not receive what we ask God for, it is because we do not pray with faith, with a sufficiently pure heart, with enough trust, or because we do not persevere in prayer as we should…

Jesus always hears us, even when it seems that he keeps silent. Perhaps it is then that he listens to us most attentively. Perhaps he is urging us on – with this apparent silence – to make sure we have the right dispositions for the miracle to take place; so that we ask him with trust, with faith, and without becoming discouraged…

… look well on him who does not give you, when you ask for it, what would not be in your best interests… He always gives us more than we ask him for…

CCC #168

It is the Church that believes first, and so bears, nourishes and sustains my faith. Everywhere, it is the Church that first confesses the Lord: “Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you”, as we sing in the hymn Te Deum; with her and in her, we are won over and brought to confess: “I believe”, “We believe”. It is through the Church that we receive faith and new life in Christ by Baptism. In the Rituale Romanum, the minister of Baptism asks the catechumen: “What do you ask of God’s Church?” and the answer is: “Faith.” “What does faith offer you?” “Eternal life.”

CCC #169

Salvation comes from God alone; but because we receive the life of faith through the Church, she is our mother: “We believe the Church as the mother of our new birth, and not in the Church as if she were the author of our salvation.” Because she is our mother, she is also our teacher in the faith.

Totus Tuus:

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen…

Mary… had to live every day from the trial of the cross and the glorious of the Resurrection, Ascension and Pentecost to the end of her earthly pilgrimage without the visible presence of Jesus. She had to wait patiently and ardently for the fulfillment of Christ’s promise in her life. The charity which burned in her heart, thanks to faith, had to be lived out in a life of intense spiritual poverty, of intense hope. She had to cling to the promise of something she could not see or take rest in; Mary lived in this world as a true citizen of heaven, her heart fixed on Jesus in the joyful poverty of hope…


… if my heart has grown cold, there Your love will unfold as You open my eyes to the work of Your hand, when i’m blind to my way, there Your Spirit will pray as You open my eyes to the work of Your hand, as You open my eyes to the work of Your hand oceans will part, nations come at the whisper of Your call, hope will rise, glory shown, in my life Your will be done, present suffering may pass, Lord, Your mercy will last as You open my eyes to the work of Your hands and my heart will find praise, I’ll delight in Your way as You open my eyes to the work of Your hands, as You open my eyes to the work of Your hand…


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