Posted February 27, 2012:
Do You Desire to Pray?

by Catherine Doherty.

Desire is very important, because we usually follow our desires.

Do you really want to pray? Do you desire to live the Gospel? That is the big question. If I desire, I will usually fulfill my desire.

We desire all kinds of things but unfortunately we don’t desire that which we need so much: prayer and loving presence.

It is useless for me to teach you the Gospel unless I practice it. People come here saying that in the "world" they don’t find anyone who is trying to live the Gospel.

Well, that is what we are trying to remedy. It is not easy. The hardest thing is to live the Gospel, because to live the Gospel is to be like God.

But that is what we aim at. Christ came to this earth to divinize us. We have this power to live the Gospel. But do we want to? Do we desire to?

It is our tremendous responsibility to live the Gospel. There are treatises on prayer everywhere, all complicated stuff. But prayer is a simple thing. It is a love affair between God and you, and you don’t have to explain it.

You have a boyfriend; you talk to him. You don’t have to write out all that the boyfriend said and all that you said; it’s not necessary. It’s the same thing with prayer. Prayer is a love affair and it is prayer that gives us strength to live the Gospel. But the question is: do we want to? The majority say that it is an impossibility and yet if we lived the Gospel the world would change.

Isn’t that astonishing—your power, yours and mine, the power of ordinary people, small people.

We can do it. We have the power to change the world. But we refuse to, because we refuse to live as Christ said we should live.

Prayer is conversation with God. It does not require a thousand books. It requires a simple and tremendous love of God and a total simplicity.

I am beloved by God. He created me. This is the first idea. And he wants to be loved by me.

We have to get that into our heads. Then we proceed to tell him we love him.

Let’s try and do it because, honest to goodness, I am not exaggerating when I say that on this Lent depends so many things.

If we Christians give ourselves to this Lent, in prayer and love, we might change the world of today which is so tragic. Let’s try and do it, shall we?

Adapted from Season of Mercy, (1996), pp. 16-17, available from MH Publications



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