Monday, April 30, 2012
The Unity Between Prayer and Action
My own life has taught me that prayer is an essential part of my life. Without it, the ups and downs of life, especially the downs are sources of fear and anxiety. In prayer, I can bring my burdens to God, speak to Him and listen for His guidance and His reassurance.
Jesus too, during His earthly life, prayed to His Father always, but especially during those important and trying times of His life. He prayed before choosing the Apostles, and we see Him in the Garden of Gethsemane praying at the start of His Passion.
Let's listen to the Holy Father, the saints and Jesus Himself and follow their example in making prayer and the sacraments the foundation of our spiritual lives.
Here is the link for Pope Benedict XVI's catechesis: Prayer Gives Essential Meaning to Our Daily Activities
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.