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That is why, when she was asked how to combat the woes of the world, St. But the truth of the matter is that God is at all times poised to possess anyone who is open to receive the love that only he can give.
It is this love that brings the profound inner peace that Jesus promised on the night before he died so that it can be shared with the world that will always be at war without it.
However, love cannot be forced on anyone who does not freely choose to receive it. If we are eaten up with hatred or jealousy or possessed by pride or prejudice, it is we, not God who is responsible for destroying the peace and harmony that he wants to bring to the world through us.
Catherine of Siena St. Catherine of Siena saw so clearly what she should do to enable God to make her into the greatest politician for peace in her time.
He was describing in his own language that God is loving us continually. The teaching of the great saints and mystics is that this love was sent out by God through Jesus on the first Pentecost day, and this love will continue to be sent out upon us to the end of time.
Because it is in prayer that we continually practise loving or repenting. As many times as we turn away from distractions and temptations and turn back to God, we are exercising the muscles of our hearts to enable acts of loving to become a habit of loving. Our Spirit is Like a Lightning Conductor In prayer then, our spirit becomes like a lightning conductor that can become the means through which the Holy Spirit can enter into our hearts.
The more regularly and the more persistently we pray, the quicker we are changed. Firstly, our hearts are changed and then the rest of us.
Once purified, our hearts become the medium or the means through which every part of our body and soul becomes infiltrated by divine love. While Jesus was on earth we see this process taking place in his spiritual life, though his heart was never tainted with Sin. Now Jesus is in heaven sending the love that he received down upon and into us so that what was once done in him can be done in us too.
He wants it to be done in all of us. But only those of us who freely choose to open ourselves to his love can receive it.
Love cannot be forced. Distractions in Prayer St. Teresa of Avila said that far from preventing us from praying, we cannot actually pray without distractions. We are learning how to love by practising selflessness. This means that as we try to turn and open ourselves to him, in that very action he opens himself to us to fill us with his love.
That is why St Francis of Assisi said that it is in giving that we receive. It is by daily trying to raise the mind and heart to God in prayer, by giving our time to be there, and then our energy to keep trying to turn to him, that God gives us the only love that can transform us into the image and likeness of Jesus through whom that love reaches out to possess us.
That is why St. If anyone points in a different direction then they are deceiving you.
That is why all the books I have ever written are about how to pray from first beginnings to the heights of the Transforming Union For those who are ready to accept this truth and are prepared to restructure their daily lives to make time for prayer, they will slowly but surely be transformed by the love that only God can give.
Different forms and methods of prayer are only means to help keep turning to God in prayer. What helps one person might not help another; what helps us at one time in our lives might not help us at another.
There are no perfect means of personal prayer, only different means to help different people at different times to keep doing the one thing necessary that St. Peter told us to do at the very beginning; to keep repenting, keep turning and opening our hearts to the only one who can enthral us and make us new.
The message is so simple that it needs the simplicity of the child to see what cynics can only scoff at. We are not helpless; we can do something to combat the evil that we see in the world around us if we are only prepared to go like St.
It is here that we can seriously turn to the only One who can first bring to us what he would bring to the world that he now chooses to serve through us."All the Troubles of the World" is a science fiction short story by American writer Isaac Asimov.
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