03.31.14 ~ Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Meds

Is 65:20

No longer shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not round out his full lifetime; He dies a mere youth who reaches but a hundred years, and he who fails of a hundred shall be thought accursed.

In Conversation with God:

At times He spent the whole night in an intimate conversation with his Father. The Apostles were filled with love when they saw Christ pray…

… if we neglect our dealings with God, little by little our spiritual life begins to languish. If you abandon prayer you may at first live on spiritual reserves and, after that, by cheating… pray with perseverance, never vacillating. We have to speak with Him a great deal, insistently, in the various circumstances of our lives… moreover, during Lent, we walk with Jesus along the Way of the Cross and without prayer, how difficult it is to accompany him…

… mental prayer… is nothing but friendly intercourse… frequent solitary conversation, with him Who we know loves us… This dialogue with God should not be interrupted… it ought to be carried on in the midst of all of our activities…

In our lives there will be moments of spiritual peace and others of more intense struggle, some moments perhaps of darkness and others of profound sorrow, with temptations to discouragement. The sight of Jesus in the Garden always points to the way we have to proceed – with a persevering and confident prayer…

The liturgy is… the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed… the fount from which all her power flows… 

In prayer one speaks with God just as one converses with a friend – knowing that he is present, always attentive to what we are saying, listening to us and replying… we throw open our soul to the Lord, to adore him, to give him thanks, to ask him for help, to go more deeply… into the divine teachings…

‘To pray is to talk with God. But about what?’ About him, about yourself: joys, sorrows, successes and failures, noble ambitions, daily worries, weaknesses! And acts of thanksgiving and petitions: and Love and reparation.

In a word: to get to know him and to get to know yourself: ‘to get acquainted’…

Sleep, the mental epitome of human weakness… depression, lack of spiritual struggle, abandonment of a life of piety…

A father or mother does not get annoyed if the baby keeps uttering meaningless noises because it does not as yet know how to speak. God knows our weaknesses and is patient, but we have to ask him: grant us the spirit of prayer…

… prayer is not a question of what you say or feel, but of Love. And you love when you try to say something to the Lord, even though you might not actually say anything… Prayer locates the soul in an environment of serenity and of peace, which is then transmitted to others. The joy it produces is a foretaste of happiness in Heaven.

No one on this earth has known how to treat Jesus better than his Mother, Mary, who spent long hours looking at him, speaking with him, handling him with simplicity and veneration…

CCC #339

Each creature possesses its own particular goodness and perfection. For each one of the works of the “six days” it is said: “and God saw that it was good.” “By the very nature of creation, material being is endowed with its own stability, truth and excellence, its own order and laws.” Each of the various creatures, willed in its own being, reflects in its own way a ray of God’s infinite wisdom and goodness. Man must therefore respect the particular goodness of every creature, to avoid any disordered use of things which would be in contempt of the Creator and would bring disastrous consequences for human beings and their environment.

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… until the sea of glass, we meet at last completed and complete, the tide of tear and pain subside, laughter drinks them dry, i’ll be waiting, anticipating all that i aim for, what i was made for, with every heartbeat, all of my blood bleeds running inside me, looking for You…

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