Monday, July 7, 2008


The Catechism of the Catholic Church has the following to say about prayer:

2559 "Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God."2 But 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?3 He who humbles himself will be exalted;4 humility is the foundation of prayer, Only when we humbly acknowledge that "we do not know how to pray as we ought,"5 are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. "Man is a beggar before God."6

I heard something from Father Larry Richards that has stuck with me. He said that great saints would say "speak to me Lord I'm listening, not shut up Lord I'm talking". Now I can't say that I always use this technique as I'm no saint, but it's good to keep in mind. :)

Recently I've been thinking about what God has in store for me and the direction I'd like my life to take. Funny thing about God is that his plans don't always match up with ours and sometimes the answer to those prayers is "no, not right now I've got something else for you". This can be hard for some of us to take, I know there were/are times in my life when it's been hard for me. It's in those times that we truly need to trust in God's plan for us and remember that he is all-Good and his plans are much greater than ours.

Jesus, I trust in Thee...