Whoever is successful in the path of one’s life of prayer, runs forth towards a personal encounter with God. This week’s text transmits the eagerness and the desire for one to seek God and to find Him as He is: alive and palpitating. The description is so clear, simple and convincing that it places the soul in a need for effective and true prayer.

To pray with faith is the guarantee to obtain from the heart of God our Father what He has already prepared and has wanted to grant us while He waits for our request.

Chapel of the apostolic house of The Work of the Church, of San Pedro Apostol, in Rome.


 

“When you pray, say: Our Father”

God lives the unfathomable and transcendent mystery of His trinitarian life in the tight plenitude of His infinite perfection; being and having in Himself, by Himself and for Himself, in His encompassed and coeternal act of life, all that He infinitely might desire, be and possess; not needing anything outside of Himself in order to be and to have all that He is and all that He has, because He is, in infinitude, all that He infinitely can be; and He is so, in His coeternal perfection of being so, by infinite infinitude of perfections and attributes, and has all He can have; being able to be and to have everything in encompassed, divine, eternal and infinite subsistence notwithstanding.

Man is what God has willed him to be, and has all that God gratuitously has willed to give him. God willed to create him in His image and likeness so that he might be the expression in reverberation of His infinite perfection, and so that he might possess Him by grace, participating in His same divine nature. […]

It was God’s plan to take us to Him, when He created us in His image and likeness; it is God’s plan to incorporate us into Him by means of the Redemption; and it is God’s plan –that He voluntarily respects– that His infinite self- giving be received with and through our collaboration; and that is why He gives Himself to us unconditionally, but we receive Him to the extent in which we open ourselves to His infinite and eternal self-giving. […]

How much God has prepared for us, and, sometimes, how little we receive, for not knowing how or not wanting to prepare ourselves for the passing of His eternal love…! […]

“Whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.” (Jn 15, 16)  All! Giving such power to our prayer, that, through Christ, in Him and with Him, under the might and the impulse of the Holy Spirit, we are all-powerful before the Father. […]

What a spring of graces, of gifts, of fruits and of supernatural riches the Father has contained in the volcano of His open bosom, expecting of our simple, warm and familial prayer, to pour Himself forth in fruits of eternal life…!

How great, how omnipotent, how powerful is a man praying in priestly posture at the foot of the Tabernacle…! So much so that, before him, Heaven opens up to do its utmost for the sake of humanity.

This is the mystery of the Eucharist: the loving and unconditional wait of the Infinite Love seeking the simple hearts to hand Himself over to them totally. […]

At the foot of the Tabernacle it is where one learns to be what we have to be and to do what we have to do. Before the doors of the tabernacle, “the sumptuous Gates of Eternity,” where the living God hides, “Light from Light and Figure of the substance of the Father.” (Cfr. Heb 1, 3)  arises the vocation to virginity, to the priesthood; the missionary life blooms and our heart fills up with impulse, with light our understanding, with love our will and with strength our acting, to carry out the divine plans with happiness and certainty.

That is why, when man loses his contact with God, sole purpose for which he was created, the darkness of the night shrouds him, he quits being what he has to be, and, acting accordingly, does what he must not do, or as he does not have to do; then, vocations do not arise, the missionary life languishes, humanism seizes the hearts, confusionism invades us and the concupiscences carry us away and enslave us. […]

The Love is full of eternal mercies, burning in infinite longings to pour Himself down in torrents of loving light over humanity; but He waits for the simple tendency of our lives towards Him, the clamorous petition of our prayers in order to do His utmost to grant us all that, in the name of Jesus, we ask Him. “And we have this confidence in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1 Jn 5, 14)  […]

“Lord, teach us to pray…” (Lk 11, 1 ss)
Whereat, Jesus, turning His gazes up to the Infinite One, exclaimed:

“Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name” and glorified, so that this may be fulfilled above all and despite everything.

“Thy Kingdom come,” so that we may fit in with God’s eternal designs, living here in faith and afterwards in light in His Kingdom and on His Kingdom.

“And Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” This is the essential and the main thing that Christ willed to manifest to us, teaching us to pray to the Heavenly Father, for the perfect fitting in with God’s plan. And as a result of all that:

“Give us our daily bread ” for the sustenance of our lives in this journey.

And “forgive us our trespasses,” , on condition that we “forgive those who trespass against us”; loving one another, according to the words of Jesus, “as I love you” (Jn 15, 12) ; since “there is no greater sign of love than to lay down one’s life for the beloved person.” (Cfr. Jn 15, 13)

And finally: “Lead us not into temptation,” being ready to lose one’s life, should it be necessary, rather than to offend God.

“Deliver us from the Evil One,” who prowls around “like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”  (Pe 5, 8) by the temptations of the world, through the concupiscences of the flesh.

And finally, all united in the love of the Holy Spirit, let us be one as the Father and the Son are one, let the world know how we love one another, and let God be glorified therein. […]

Child of God, heir to His glory, partaker of the divine life, I do not know how to express to you, tell you and engrave on your soul how you are to pray. […]

God asks us to enter into the interior of our house, “in the inner room” where He alone dwells; “to lock the door,” and there, in profound silence, to be with our “Father who dwells in the secret” and who seeks the solitude and the silence to communicate Himself.

“But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” (Mt 6, 6)   […]

To pray, as I have often told you, my son, is not to make life difficult for yourself seeking ways and manners to commune with the Infinite Love. To pray is to go and come into contact as you can with your Father God. […]

That is why, prayer sometimes will be to speak with Jesus in the tabernacle; at other times, to listen to Him; at still others, to look at Him and to feel yourself looked at; to repose on the chest of the Friend and to make Him repose; to say yes to Him in a total dedication to His eternal love; to adore in loving prostration; to abandon yourself to His Fatherly arms; to sit on His knees so that He may tell you His secret; to lean your head, like Saint John, on the chest of the Divine Teacher; to listen to Him on your knees like the Magdalene; to look at Him spellbound, like the little ones; or to remain in silence, in smooth, silent and peaceful savouring of love. […]

How great is a man when he prays…! So much so, that he becomes powerful and almighty with the power of God, being able to live and to be by participation, what God is and lives by nature in the company of his being Himself Family.

 
Mother Trinidad de la Santa Madre Iglesia
 
An extract from the writing: “To pray is to love. Prayer is all-powerfull to the child of God who, sitting on His knees, with Christ, through Him, and in Him, under the impulse of the Holy Spirit, calls God: Father”(Collection “Light in the night -The mystery of faith given with loving wisdom”  Booklet n. 16)

Note.- If you want to download the unabridged version of the extract, please click here.

Fragment of the video of Mother Trinidad “Accompanying Jesus in the Eucharist, and living with God in the soul”, recorded on March 11th, 1995 (press PLAY):


Corpus Christi Procession, organized in one of the summer camps that the Work of the Church organizes every year, for children and young people.


The Lord needs to communicate His secret to us, to tell us His life, to sing us His infinite love, and that is why He wants us to be with Him, listening to Him and giving Him our love; thus He will do His work in us and, through us, in souls; but do not forget it is not you, it is He Who will do it. (1-2-64)
God can do everything by Himself, without needing us for anything; yet, as of the moment when he willed to associate us to Him, He made many things depend on the way we are and we act and, what is more, on the petition of our prayer. (6-12-73)
For me, to pray is to be with the Lord listening to Him, resting, adoring Him, asking Him, most of the time consoling Him, surrendering myself… And when it seems that I cannot do anything because of dryness, then I am with Him as I can be, so that He may enjoy having me in His presence in the way He wishes me to be. (10-8-73)