Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

Leading to the Rosary…

Prayer…”Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,” ~ St. John Damascene.

We are in need of Jesus’ help in all that we do.  the Catechism, paragraph 2559 teaches us, “…when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or “out of the depths” of a humble and contrite heart ? (Ps 130:1) He who humbles himself will be exalted; (cf Lk 18:9-14).  Humility is the foundation of prayer.”  This connects directly back with my last post A Reflection On a Reflection.

Remember when we’re told that only when we allow our pride to be broken can God then come within us and begin to work within us… He who humbles himself will be exalted.  God will exalt us and heal us and work within us only when we allow Him inside our hearts.  Through prayer, we can begin the practice of “letting go” of our pride, and thus laying the foundation for a new heart and a new life grounded in humility – Humility is the foundation of prayer.

We also then begin to recognize that we “do not know how to pray as we ought” (Rom 8:26).  We “ask and do not receive, because [we] ask wrongly, to spend it on [our] own passions” (James 4:3).  If our stubborn pride becomes indignant – Ain’t nobody gonna tell me how to pray! – then I guess there should be no surprises when prayer is not answered. 

But when we begin to admit that God’s way’s are not our ways, when we come before God as beggars (cf St. Augustine), then and only then “are we ready to receive freely the [gifts] of prayer” (CCC 2559).  God so loved us that He gave us His only Son who, in turn, taught us how to pray and even gave us His own mother as an example for us.  Just as “Jesus, the only mediator, is the way of our prayer,” so too is Mary, His mother, a means of mediation for us with her Son, Jesus, “Mary, his mother and ours, is wholly transparent to him: she ‘shows the way’…, and is herself ‘the Sign’ of the way” (CCC2674).

Bottom line?  Jesus has always taught us how to pray knowing that we desire the love of God.  I want to delve a little deeper into how Jesus helps us to pray…

The next installment… A deeper form of prayer known as Meditation

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