FAITH AND PRAYER ARE THE VITAMINS OF THE SOUL [By Mahalia Jackson]
Daily Archives: August 13, 2012
DIFFICULTY TO PRAY
By: Fr. Murray Bodo, OFM
MOST OF THE TIME I find it difficult to pray simply because I am too concerned with my own affairs. I insist on setting everything right all by myself. And I see the same fault in so many others. We form a large part of mankind, I am afraid. If we “have to” do everything ourselves, we do not realize our fundamental dependence on God, and most of our activity is fruitless toil that exhausts us rather than fulfills us. God’s will becomes secondary to our own.
We must, of course, work, but the attitude we bring to work makes all the difference. As St. Francis admonished his friars, we must work so as not to extinguish the spirit of prayer and holy devotion to which all things must be subservient.
Taken from: Murray Bodo, SONG OF THE SPARROW – Meditations and Poems to Pray by, Cincinnati, Ohio: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1976, pages 138-139.
Jakarta, 13 August 2012
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