Friday, October 21, 2011

Being a person of prayer

Do you just run around trying to work miracles?
Or do you listen twice as much as you talk?

Prepare yourself for this week's intimate encounter with God:

My favorite points:
  • Jesus had a rhythm of prayer, he was disciplined in prayer. He didn't just run around and work miracles, he didn't just run around and spit on the ground and heal people of blindness, and heal the lame and heal the lepers. He was a person of prayer. To be a man/woman after God's own heart, you have to be a person or prayer.
  • It's not enough just to sit around talking about God, you have to talk to God. And once you pray, you have to act.
  • God is a theological concept for a lot of people, but when push comes to shove and it actually comes time to pray or to act, a lot of times people don't move.
  • The first reading is all justice, mercy, it's the practical, it's the actions that are supposed to follow from this relationship that God had anointed them with in the covenant.
  • St. Paul says you can't see Jesus in the flesh right now, but you can see us and we're trying to be imitators of the Lord.
  • Prayer is how you love the Lord your God with all your soul and not just with all your mind.
  • You probably want to listen twice as much as you talk.
  • Only after you pray do you want to act, because only then can you be certain it's God's will and not yours.

And check out a great resource in Italian: La Domenica con Benedetto XVI

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