March 10, 2009

The Splendor of Prayer

By Stella Montes

There is one topic that never fails to excite and interest me... it is the subject of PRAYER! What a marvel, what a treasure, what a gift! Prayer is so precious yet so lacking in expense... except for the offering that comes from the heart.

Prayer is the living breath of the soul... without it, the soul ceases to be inflamed and dies! There is no prayer without the love of God and there is no love of God without prayer. It is as simple as this... When we love God, we pray. We come to Him; we talk to Him; we praise and adore Him; we tell Him our innermost longings and desires; we listen to Him; we never tire of being with Him. We know that He is a Father who waits for us, who longs for us, who desires to hear our voice. Prayer is the most natural recourse of a soul that loves God!

What if you never hear from your son or daughter? What if there are no phone calls, no cards, no letters, no emails or texts, no hi's or hello's... no word from him or her during birthdays or special occasions? What if you only hear from this son or daughter when he or she is in need? The relationship becomes one of need rather than love. We still love but how we long to be loved and included in the lives of our children as well! There is great expectancy, joy, delight in a parent's love... in our Father's love! We love Him back through prayer and following His commands. Because we love God, we follow... we obey... we surrender... we pray.

For us Catholics, the Holy Mass is the core of our prayer life, the center of our faith, our highest form of worship. In the Mass, Jesus' ministry, passion, death, resurrection and ascension are not only recalled but actualized! We have our Lord in our midst through the Word, the Eucharist, the community, the priest. The Holy Spirit moves and dwells among us! We are united as one body of Christ, in communion with the angels and saints in heaven. What a glorious testimony and witness to His love and presence! Grace is so wonderfully and so freely given and shared!

A Gallup poll revealed the average American spends 6-7 hours per day in television time. We have time for the news, movies, sports, leisure, social gatherings, etc. but barely have time to pray. We leave God for the left-overs of our day. We pray "when we have time" yet have time for everything else.

God has given us His very best... the sun, the moon, the stars, the heavens, our home, our loved ones, our very lives... He did not even spare His Son for us... to make us live... to enable us to share in His glory.

He deserves our very best.

God bless.


"Your love must be sincere. Detest what is evil, cling to what is good. Love one another with the affection of brothers. Anticipate each other in showing respect. Do not grow slack but be fervent in spirit; him who you serve is the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient under trial, persevere in prayer." Romans 12:9-12

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