“For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.”
St. Teresa of Avila
(mosaic flooring at the German cemetary, Normady, France / Julie Cook / 2018)
“If you would suffer with patience the adversities and miseries of this life, be a man of prayer.
If you would obtain courage and strength to conquer the temptations of the enemy, be a man of prayer.
If you would mortify your own will with all its inclinations and appetites, be a man of prayer.
If you would know the wiles of Satan and unmask his deceits, be a man of prayer.
If you would live in joy and walk pleasantly in the ways of penance, be a man of prayer.
If you would banish from your soul the troublesome flies of vain thoughts and cares, be a man of prayer.
If you would nourish your soul with the very sap of devotion, and keep it always full of good thoughts and good desires,
be a man of prayer.
If you would strengthen and keep up your courage in the ways of God, be a man of prayer.
In fine, if you would uproot all vices from your soul and plant all virtues in their place, be a man of prayer.
It is in prayer that we receive the unction and grace of the Holy Ghost,
who teaches all things.”
St. Bonaventure, p. 25-26
An Excerpt From
The Ways of Mental Prayer
Christmas tells a different story.
It tells us that a deeper moral change comes from encountering the
Presence who loves us, instead of threatening us;
Who comes to find us instead of shaming us;
who comes to change the human heart by offering it compassion and forgiveness
instead of forcing and humiliating us.
Christmas is ‘God with us’ rather than the ‘state over us.’
Bishop Gavin Ashenden
(image courtesy the web)
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests!”
“God has done everything; he has done the impossible: he was made flesh.
His all-powerful love has accomplished something which surpasses all human
the Infinite has become a child,
has entered the human family.
And yet, this same God cannot enter my heart unless I open the door to him.”
Pope Benedict XVI
A very Merry Christmas to all of my family, friends and dear blogging family,
each and everyone…be they near or far…
“I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all;
but whatever I have placed in God’s hands,
that I still possess.”
(a boat lined canal outside the grounds of Ross Castle, County Kerry, Killarney, Ireland / Julie Cook / 2015)
“The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day.
Either he will shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.”
Francis de Sales
(Feast Day, January 24th)