- Pope John Paul II
but you are making them your IDOL by obsessing over them, talking about them, writing about them, keeping them front and center. Anything you do other than praying about them or moving forward with them in a positive way, is furthering your idolatry.
The gaze of Jesus, what ‘his eyes’ teach us, leads to human closeness, solidarity, giving time, sharing our gifts and even our material goods.” —Pope Benedict XVI (via thefullnessofthefaith)
“How we pray doesn’t matter as much as the fact that we do pray. When you pray you are recognizing that God is greater than you, that you need help, that you believe in Him and you want to have Him in your life. God already knows us; He created us. God gives us freewill we can walk away from Him, neglect Him, ignore Him or even curse and disown Him and He will let us do it. He gives us the ability to make the choice to choose Him or not. I think God did this so we can fully learn unconditional love; for no matter how much we resist and deny Him He never stops loving us. He wants us to come to Him but like a wise parent He never pushes us. He simply waits and continues to love us. He gave us freewill so that if we do choose Him we do it out of love and not obligation but because we have come to a decision and not been forced into one.
So pray the Rosary, the Our Father, the Glory Be. Pray with a meek and humble voice. Pray to Him with praise for His blessings. Pray to Him and beg Him for His mercy. Pray to Him in song and shouts of joy. Pray to Him in the silence of the breaking dawn and in the dusk of the sinking sunset. Pray to Him like you are talking to a friend whom you have loved deeper than anyone else in your life. Pray to Him by talking to Him every day about your life, hopes, plans, disappointments, worries, health, children, family, job and friends. Pray however you feel most comfortable. Pray to Him anytime, anywhere throughout your life. It doesn’t matter how you do it, where you do it or how you say it just simply pray.”” — Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp (via thefullnessofthefaith)
Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you.
Amen.” —Thomas Aquinas (via churchjanitor)
The heart is the connecting point, the meeting place between any two persons. The kind of deep soul intimacy we crave with God and with others can be experienced only from the heart. I know a man who took his daughter to dinner; she was surprised, delighted. For years she had been hoping he would pursue her. When they had been seated, he pulled out his Day Timer and began to review the goals he had set for her that year. “I wanted to burst into tears and run out of the restaurant,” she said. We don’t want to be someone’s project; we want to be the desire of their heart. Gerald May laments, “By worshiping efficiency, the human race has achieved the highest level of efficiency in history, but how much have we grown in love?” We’ve done the same to our relationship with God. Christians have spent their whole lives mastering all sorts of principles, done their duty, carried on the programs of their church … and never known God intimately, heart to heart. The point is not an efficient life of activity-the point is intimacy with God. “You will find me,” God says, “when you seek me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13). As Oswald Chambers said, “So that is what faith is-God perceived by the heart.” What more can be said, what greater case could be made than this: to find God, you must look with all your heart. To remain present to God, you must remain present to your heart. To hear his voice, you must listen with your heart. To love him, you must love with all your heart. You cannot be the person God meant you to be, and you cannot live the life he meant you to live, unless you live from the heart. (Waking the Dead , 48-49)