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Friday, August 12, 2016
Mary TV August 12, 2016 Reflection - Return to prayer!
Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016
August 12, 2016
St. Jane Francis de Chantal
Dear Family of Mary!
July 25, 2016
children! I am looking at you and I see you lost; and you do not have
prayer or joy in your heart. Return to prayer, little children, and put
God in the first place and not man. Do not lose the hope which I am
carrying to you. May this time, little children, every day, be a greater
seeking of God in the silence of your heart; and pray, pray, pray until
prayer becomes joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."
Lady calls us to return to prayer. Over and over and over, she calls
us! Prayer is at the heart of her messages. But we hesitate, we lose our
resolve, we get distracted, and we fail.
was praying the Way of the Cross yesterday, and I confessed to the Lord
at the 3rd Station that I fall (and fail) all the time. I fall in my
prayer, in my service and in so many ways. But I had a mental image as I
confessed this to Jesus. I saw myself as a little girl, a tiny little
girl, who was running and fell down. At that moment Our Lady scooped me
up and held me tight. I realized that all my falls, my sins, my failures
can be handled by Mother Mary, if I let her pick my up after each fall.
She will help me recover, and repent, and find a new way. This image
gave me great hope. I hope it will give you some hope as well!
found a collection of quotes from St. Jane Frances de Chantal about
prayer. I think they are helpful in our search for prayer. She is so
practical and gentle. Just like Mary. Maybe between Our Lady and St.
Jane Frances, we can all learn a new way of prayer. We really need to
pray, pray, pray!!
Saint Jane Frances de Chantal on Prayer
and prayer are the two wings by which one may take flight into those
holy resting places where one finds peace in God far from the business
when beginning prayer we could make in ourselves a mere capacity for
God, no other method would be required. Prayer must be carried on by
grace, and not by deliberate art. Enter into your prayer by faith,
remain in it in hope and do not abandon it except for that charity which
serves and endures. Hold fast.
prayer one must hold fast and never let go, because the one who gives
up loses all. If it seems that no one is listening to you, then cry out
even louder. If you are driven out of one door, go back in by the other.
If you are told, as was the Canaanite woman, that you do not deserve
the grace for which you are asking, then reply like her that you are not
seeking unusual favors, but are hoping only to eat the crumbs which
fall from the divine table.
us be sure that we understand what an honor it is for us to spend time
in prayer, as much time as we wish, as intimately as we wish. The man
who wins an hour-long audience from his prince, considers himself lucky.
And our God, before whom the kings of the earth are less than a spark
in the full blaze of the sun, and less than a little worm in the
presence of the highest angels -- this great God, nevertheless, is eager
to hear us no matter what hour of the day or night we turn to Him.
God there is no need for long speeches. In heaven the angels utter no
other word than this: HOLY. This is their entire prayer, and in paradise
they are occupied with this single word as an act of homage to the
single Word of God who lives eternally.
In prayer, more is accomplished by listening than by talking.
A good and perfect prayer requires that we forget self, that we be ready to sacrifice all that we are for God.
should go to prayer with deep humility and an awareness of our
nothingness. We must invoke the help of the Holy Spirit and that of our
good angel, and then remain still during this time in God's presence, full of faith that He is more in us than we are in ourselves.
is no danger if our prayer is without words or consideration, because
the good success of prayer depends neither on words nor on study. It
depends upon the simple raising of our minds to God, and the more simple
and stripped of feeling it is, the surer it is.
essence of prayer lies not in being always on your knees, but in
conforming your will totally to God in all the events of life.
St. Jane Frances de Chantal, pray for us!! In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!