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“A woman on a much-needed retreat sought to know more about God and herself. She prayed, “Who are you and who am I?” For three days she prayed this refrain over a hundred times but no answer came. As she was leaving the retreat grounds she tried a last time: “Who are you and who am I?” An answer came, a revelation: “I am God and you are not!” In that answer lies the meaning of prayer. God is our loving, creating, sanctifying God—we are creatures who are not lords of this world or of our own lives. God is our Maker, our Sustainer, and our End.”

—from the book Living Prayer: A Simple Guide to Every Day Enlightenment by Robert F. Morneau

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“Prayer is the best preparation for Holy Communion. Prayer is the raising of the mind to God. When we pray we go to meet Christ Who is coming to us. If our Creator and Savior comes from heaven with such great love, it is only fitting that we should go to meet Him. And this is what we do when we spend some time in prayer.”

– St. Bernardine of Siena

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“God cannot cease to love me. That is the most startling fact that our doctrine reveals. Sinner or saint He loves and cannot well help Himself. Magdalen in her sin, Magdalen in her sainthood, was loved by God. The difference between her position made some difference also in the effect of that love on her, but the love was the same, since it was the Holy Spirit who is the love of the Father and the Son. Whatever I do, I am loved. But then, if I sin, am I unworthy of love? Yes, but I am unworthy always. Nor can God love me for what I am, since, in that case, I would compel His love, force His will by something external to Himself. In fact, really if I came to consider, I would find that I was not loved by God because I was good, but that I was good because God loved me. My improvement does not cause God to love me, but is the effect of God’s having loved me.”

— Fr. Bede Jarrett

 

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