Sunday, December 21, 2008

"Father, how do I pray?"

Words of wisdom from the comment box on this post.

Thank you, Father.

People often ask me, "Father, how do I pray?" We have this strange notion that we can only approach Our Lord with perfect composure, as if we were speaking at afternoon tea. He made us with all our emotions, quiet and loud, frantic and calm. He knows what we need and where we are and what is best for us before we even approach Him. So then, approach Him with tears. Approach Him with a deep gratitude. It would be a lie to approach Him any other way. Show Him the depth and dynamism of your joy with tears.

Jesus says, "There is more joy in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not have need of repentance." That means all of us. We so often think that He refers to everyone except us. We could not be further from the truth. Thanks be to God for the, "Then something happened. I became a Christian...Then I became a Catholic." What generosity and mercy there are in this most wondrous God!

1 comment:

Fr. Scott said...

Gee, a whole post on a brief comment... Have a blessed day and a Merry Christmas!