Think about a dance. If only one of the partners knows how to dance, or dance well, the dance is clumsy and awkward. It’s not edifying and it’s not enjoyable. If someone is really out of shape or does not know how to pay attention to the music or to their partner’s signals and cues, there’s going to be a problem. The dance is like our relationship with God – it is intimate, and it should flow smoothly and be peaceful and delightful, two flowing in harmony with one mind and one heart.
Meditation is light to the mind and life to the soul. Everyone needs to make meditation a regular part of your life. In this sermon preached at the Midnight Mass of Christmas Day, Father teaches how to make mental prayer a simple practice for every person, every day:
1) First, a greeting – make an act of adoration and contrition
2) Visit and chat over experiences that you’ve shared with Him – not about our lives so much, but about His, that is, things we read in the bible or in the writings of the Saints about Him
3) Take your leave of him – Thanking Him with real gratitude, and asking again for His help, His continued support and love, and promise to come back soon.
Prayer is necessary to get to heaven, and prayer is powerful. St. Alphonsus says those who pray will be saved. If you want to go to heaven, pray with confidence, humility, with perseverance, and for things necessary for salvation. [Read more…]
Dispositions necessary for prayer. How much does pride offend God? Examples from scripture on humility. The just man is at peace. Being under the influence of sin will also rob our peace. The beginning (fear, anxiety, complaining) of sin robs us of peace. None of those three acts will restore whatever has been lost materially or spiritually. Sorrow and contrition are the antidote of sin.
We all seek happiness and our true, ultimate happiness is union with God. God wants this unions with us and we directly or indirectly want it with Him. St. Francis de Sales’ four points on prayer: Introduction to the Devout Life. Practical instruction on the difficulties and remedies for prayer.
St. Peter Julian Eymard, founder of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers, tells us that we will profit more from Holy Communion than from all other means of sanctification – even more than prayer, even more than penance. Because in Communion, we receive the source of all other sources of grace. Many people come to Communion, but how many people desire to come to Communion? [Read more…]