Sunday, 7 April 2019

Praying

Father Ignatius sat in the empty church right up front by Our Lady’s statue. He watched for a while the votive candles burning at her feet and then started his Rosary.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, these words came whirling fast into his head, totally uncontrollable and spontaneous, yet as clear as if they were spoken to him there and then.

“How shall I pray?” said the words in Father Ignatius’ head.

“Shall I beg over and over again for you to hear me? Is that what You want of me?

“Shall I plead for ever like the widow to the judge until she was heard?

“How do you want me to see You? As an over-powerful ruler demanding His own way?

“How do you want me to love You? As one loves a monster, with immense fear lest I arouse your anger and wrath?

“Shall I fear you for ever and cower at the thought of your fury?”

Father Ignatius stopped praying and made the sign of the Cross. He took a deep breath … and yet the words continued in his mind … somehow gentler now … somehow softer …

“Love me as a child … with no fear and no dread.

“Trust me as a child trusts his parents when they give him food and drink.

“A child never questions whether the food is good to eat … he takes it in trust and asks for more.

“He never doubts when led by his parents … he follows eagerly holding hands along the way.

“Love me as a child … and I’ll treat you with love and compassion.

“Ask me as a child … and I’ll give you what’s good for you in good time.

“Trust me as a child … and I’ll show you the way …

“No matter how difficult your journey ahead, I’ll always be there … guiding you into eternity … with Me.”

The words suddenly stopped as quickly as they’d started. Yet their message remained with the priest for a long time.

18 comments:

  1. Love
    Trust
    Ask

    ...with me.

    Words to live by. :)

    Victor, I thought of you yesterday. There is a new HUGE Catholic cathedral in the big city near us. As we drove by the sunset cast a shadow from one of the crosses onto the side of the building. The effect was MAGNIFICENT!

    Here, look: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/raleighs-new-cathedral-is-a-beacon-of-evangelization

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    1. Hi Sandi,

      Thank you for the link to the new cathedral near you. It looks impressive. Best wishes.

      God bless you.

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  2. Yes!!!
    Without prayer where would I be.
    I pray each night without fail.
    I pray when I am shopping.
    I pray when I am walking among nature.
    I pray wherever I am, whenever I have something on my mind.
    I pray silently but I always know that God is listening.
    Without Him I do not know how I would exist.
    Thankfully God is open 24/7, no appointment needed.

    Thank you for the inspiration today~

    God's Blessings Always~

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    1. Thank you Jan. The Good Lord is only a prayer away ... always.

      God bless you my friend.

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  3. Whenever I pray, I assume God is listening, that is what I was taught all those years ago. I know he listens because of the way my life has turned out.

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    1. Indeed He listens, Bill. Always.

      God bless you and yours.

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  4. I love this second prayer. Perfect for the child inside each of us!

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    1. I guess it is how God would speak to us.

      God bless you Mevely.

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  5. All we have to do is pray and trust... and listen!

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  6. Coming to the Lord and trusting Him as a child trusts a parent. Beautiful reminder, Victor, of how God cares deeply for and loves all of His children.
    Blessings!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Martha.

      God bless you and yours.

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  7. I pray to God like I would talk to Him if He was standing beside me, which He is. : ) I talk to God all day long.

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  8. Yes, I too pray to God as if he was sitting or standing next to me … it just seems a natural thing to do.

    All the best Jan

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  9. Lovely... The message will remain with me for a long time, too, Victor :)
    Thank you.

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    1. Many thanx for your kind words, Chris.

      God bless you always.

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