My reflection today:
￼In your prayers, do not babble as the pagans do; for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask.￼ Matthew 6:7-8
“ During these four days, we are getting ready to let Jesus train us in those dispositions of heart and mind that are summed up by the six phrases of the Our Father. Each of the phrases is preparation for prayer itself.￼
Communication with God allows the same principles as communication with our friends. As friendships grow, words become less important, less necessary. The more our understanding deepens, the less need we have for talking. We can complete each others sentences, knowing the mood by instincts born of love.
So it is with prayer. Once we have learned the basics we increase our stillness and draw ourselves into a quiet place, learning to listen to God‘s communication to us. This communication is more like the instincts of deep friendship than the well-thought-out presentation of an appeal. God knows what we need before we ask him. Let us not ‘babble.’” – Rev. Isaias Powers C.P.￼￼￼￼
Think about three endeavors you are relatively good at, in your work, hobbies, sports. Remember how hard it was in the beginning, how many hours you spent learning what is now almost at for less. Thanks to this mastery in fundamentals, you have much more energy for the more important things. In addition, reflect, gratefully, and the way your friendships have grown through the years. Lent gives us the opportunity to increase our time in prayer.￼￼