Monday, April 30, 2012

The Unity Between Prayer and Action

The saying goes that if you are too busy to pray then you are too busy. In his most recent Wednesday Audience, Pope Benedict XVI explained how prayer gives meaning to our daily activities. He uses the example of the early Church which we are hearing about at Mass in the Acts of the Apostles during this Easter season.  He also uses the example of the saints citing St Bernard as being a model of harmony between prayer and action. The saint says:  "...too many concerns ... often end up by hardening our heart and causing our spirit to suffer." 
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


mary333 said...

This is a great post on prayer, Karin. You wouldn't believe how many times I've heard the words, "I don't have time to pray" when I suggest praying to others. Everyone has time to pray. Most people have time to watch TV, don't they? There IS a harmony between prayer and action and I love St. Bernard's quote in your post.

Caroline said...

This really spoke to me when I heard this Karinann. Thank you for sharing the link so I can read it again and again. A hardened heart, fear and anxiety are exactly where I wind up if I don't pray.
Blessings always +

Karinann said...

Glad you both liked this. I always get so much from the Holy Father's teaching on prayer.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

I read on some Blog somewhere this week that praying is having a conversation with a Friend.

Whether we recite well known prayers we are taught, or whether we just say exactly how we feel, honestly, and from the heart - there's always our Friend Jesus listening.

This is a great post Karinann.

God bless.

Karinann said...

I remember reading that too, Victor~don't remember where though.
Thanks for commenting and God bless.

Holly@A Life-Size Catholic Blog said...

I took my last final this morning and have the entire summer off—no classes—yahoo! I’m really looking forward to catching up on all the blog reading I’ve missed out on lately. Be sure to write up a little tidbit about one of your favorite posts, or blogs—or share something of your own on “Pay It Forward” for May. I’ve appreciated your participation in the past. I’ll be making the rounds and seeing what everyone has been up to while I’ve been cramming for tests and writing essays … I can’t wait!

Closing Prayer

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.