Thursday After Ash Wednesday

Posted on 7th March, 2019

 

From 'Walk with Me' for Lent 2019 - Living a Holy Life

 

I do not believe in holiness without prayer. (Gaudate et exsultate 147)

 

Luke 9:22-25

'If anyone would come after me he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.'

 

Lent is a time to rediscover the gift of prayer. The saints are distinguished by their life of prayer. From them we learn. St John of the Cross said: 'Endeavour to remain always in the presence of God, either real or imaginative, in so far as it is permitted by your work.' St Therese of Lisieux said: 'Try to be continuous in prayer, and in the midst of bodily exercises do not leave it. Whether you eat, drink, talk with others, or do anything, always go to God and attach yourself to him.' St Teresa of Avila said: 'Prayer is friendly intercourse and frequent solitary converse with him who knows and loves us.' All we need to pray is an open heart, a hunger and thirst to remain in the presence of God.

 

Lord, grant me the grace to long and thirst to be in your presence.

 

Lent is a time to grow closer to Jesus

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