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I’ve been moving around too much this morning; instagram, text messages, emails. When I realized that I was doing this, I set my phone down, grabbed my coffee and looked up at the cross hanging on the other side of my room. I sat still for a long time, allowing the sun to light up my room. Sometimes I forget that it’s okay to be still. It’s difficult to remember that I am using my time wisely when I sit with The Lord, even when I don’t have anything in particular to say.
This took me back to high school. The chapel was open during lunch and some of my friends and I would go together. On one occasion, a friend asked me, “How do people know what to pray all of the time? All I say is the Our Father and Hail Mary. Is that good enough? Should I be saying more?” I had never encountered her question before in my own life because I hadn’t ever found it difficult to have a conversation with God in prayer. I could almost relate to David in the Psalms in that I just said whatever came to mind; expecting in the goodness of The Lord.
I can’t recall how I responded to this friend, but if I could now I would say, “That’s good. After all, Jesus taught that prayer to His disciples and it is good to ask Our Lady’s intercession.”
Friends, He is excited to hear from you. If you are only able to utter a simple prayer, that is good. If you are unsure of what to say other than to call upon the name of Jesus, that is good. If you are lost for words and the only thing you can do is look up at the cross, that is good. I invite you to continue to do those little things in prayer. It’s the little things that cultivate growth and build up a relationship with The Lord, just as it does with one another.
May God give you the sweetest peace.
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Thanks. God is so pleased with our presence alone…!
Just a visit – even when done to our parents, friends…is all that is needed – as it were, is just to check on them without, having anything in particular in mind!
We need to “check on” Our Lord often, jokingly, tell him: Lord, this your rascally daughter/son is here again! How are you doing?