|HOW CAN YOU SAY NO TO THAT FACE?!*|
It is through prayer that we satisfy both our longing for Him, but also God's longing for US. Prayer is not all about you! Bl. Mother Teresa has been one of my go-to-gals since forever (DEAR POPE FRANCIS. WHY MAMMA T BE NO SAINT YET. FOR REALZ.), but most recently I've fallen in love with her intense desire to satiate the thirst of Jesus Christ. He holds a thirst so strong, and it is for you. For your love & for the chance to love you.
Perhaps in comparison to the heroism that each of the Saints had, our humble prayers seem infinitesimal. A couple Hail Mary's hardly compares to St. Francis' dramatic disseminating of belongings, or Padre Pio's ability to biolocate. I'm all for extravagance, but it seems that more often than not, we are asked to simply "do small things with great love." (Mother Teresa) Those little offerings of prayer as you wash dishes or as your eyes flutter shut at the end of the evening...those are beautiful, heroic, and above all, so pleasing to God. Be not disheartened by these seemingly insignificant ways of sacrifice that you've been called to take on. Do not forget that you are a Child of God and created for greatness! Through these small things; each little Hail Mary, Our Father, or even the simple sign of the cross contributes to that exact end & further comforts & satisfies Jesus. Talk about a win-win.
Take advantage of the opportunity before you to converse with your Creator! Our generation is all about connecting; through social media, technology, heck, even with the greater ease of traveling we're able to connect and converse more and more. Imagine if we dedicated the same amount of time and zeal into conversation with God as we did to our social circles! *brain explodes of holiness*
Ready to be a saint and satisfy the heart of Jesus? LETS GET REAL!
-Distraction is often the most profound obstacle as I pray. The rosary has proven to be an excellent means of combating such adversities. As Padre Pio said while describing the rosary "it is with this that one wins battles." For me, it is in juggling Hail Mary's, meditating on the life of Christ, throwing a few petitions in here & there (#sinnerprobs) and having something tangible to hold that helps immensely in keeping my mind & body busy.
-Since it is still easy to drift into la-la-land in the midst of repetition (or in any prayer), keep in mind who you are speaking to. Are you addressing the Creator of the Universe? The Queen of Heaven? HELLOOOOO get over yourself and give them your fullest attention!
-Kneeling helps. I'm not saying I'm usually that pious, but it's okay. You should always strive to be holier than I or else we'll both end up as really lame saints.
-Be real with yourself and set aside a time that works for prayer 9 times out of 10, then stick with it! If you need help staying accountable, let me know. I can be annoying.
-Surround yourself with holy things! Icons, metals around your neck, a rosary in your car...anything to remind you of prayer. We have a prayer card of JPII on our fridge...I ask him for his intercession alllll the time. Because the fridge is where I tend to be most of the day....heh...heh.
-Read up on lives of the saints, and pay special attention to their devotion to and means of prayer. JPII, Padre Pio, Mother Teresa, and St.Therese are excellent role models. (DID YOU KNOW PADRE PIO WOULD OFTEN SAY 30+ ROSARYS IN A DAY. HOLY MOLY.)
-Remember that when you call upon the sweet name of Jesus, our Heavenly Mother, that they come immediately into your presence. Ask for their comfort, and open yourself to feel their loving embrace. Even when you cannot feel their presence, it is there. Just try to wrap your head around THAT one.
-While still a foreign ordeal for me, it is very good and helpful to remember your Guardian Angel. Acknowledge his existence! Ask for his help in perseverance and to keep your mind on God as you pray.
-As mentioned before, remember that prayer is not only about you. Humility is key here, so pray for that too. While you're at it, please pray that I can increase in humility too...Because...yeah.
-Have someone you can discuss prayer with. It has helped me beyond measure to have someone trustworthy in my life to talk about all things God. That person will help keep you on track...and when the goings get rough (they always do) you're going to need that. FEEL FREE to hit me up if you need a prayer buddy. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thanks so much for reading along!
P.s. What tips do you have for ME? What prayers/kinds of prayer are you particularly drawn to? Who are your saintly prayer warriors?