“Open your hearts in this time of grace…”
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Dear Family of Mary!
“…Return, little children, to prayer and open your hearts in this time of grace and set out on the way of conversion…” (June 25, 2020)
Today we have Part 3 of our teaching from Fr. Slavko Barbaric about prayer. I am already reaping the benefits of his words.
Return to Prayer, Part 3:
Our life does not necessarily mean the well-being of only our human body, but our soul as well. If we treated our bodies the way we treated our souls, we would destroy ourselves, and many of us have already. Some days we feel so good we could pray for hours and hours. Then a day comes and the thought of praying even depresses us. It is at these moments we should pray. When we are ill and we have no appetite for food, that is the time we need food the most. Thomas Merton once said; “Pure love and prayer are learned in the hour when prayer has become impossible and your heart has turned to stone.”
If we cannot learn to just ‘be’ with God, then our prayer becomes only a task. Our prayer life should not be based on our feelings, because our feelings are in constant motion. Our prayer life takes discipline, work and perseverance. Our Lady says in one of her messages, “YOU SHOULD WORK ON YOUR PRAYER LIKE YOU WORK IN THE FIELDS.”
One thing Our Lady wants to teach us, but that she does not say, is that our prayer should not become an argument with God about His will. We wonder who will win – God or me? It can be compared to a battle with God. The following is an appropriate story about our own will. A man heard of a place in the desert where miracles happened continuously. He went to this desert and asked the man, “Do miracles happen here?” – “Yes, miracles happen here,” answered the man. “So, let’s see one,” the curious man said. The man living in the desert said, “It depends on what you see as a miracle. For us a miracle is when a person accepts the will of God. Yet for you, it is when God accepts your own will!”
What is motivating us in our relationship with God? What is the intention? What is it that we want as compared to what God wants? What is the will of Our Lady as far as our prayer is concerned? What is it that we want when we pray?
Let us reflect, asking for the grace to come before the presence of our Lord Jesus. Let us, through His mother, Mary, express our love, our praise and our adoration for Him. (Fr. Slavko Barbaric. “Be Similar to My Heart”. P. 38-39)
Thank you Fr. Slavko! Thank you, dearest Mother, Mary!! Thank you for this message you gave to us about prayer:
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!