[This is the ? of a series of posts featuring a saint, mystic, or writer to include some of their thoughts on prayer as well as a prayer written by or ascribed to him or her. No Pope traveled as often and as far as this Holy Father. Perhaps, no other has had such a profound and lasting impact on church and world history]
Prayer can truly change your life. For it turns your attention away from yourself and directs your mind and your heart toward the Lord.
The goal and target of our life is He,
the Christ who awaits us –
each one singly and altogether –
to lead us across the boundaries of time
to the eternal embrace of the God who loves us.
Prayer gives us strength for great ideals,
for keeping up our faith, charity, purity, generosity;
prayer gives us strength to rise up from indifference and guilt,
if we have had the misfortune to give in to temptation and weakness.
Prayer gives us light by which to see and to judge from God’s perspective
and from eternity. That is why you must not give up on praying!
How to pray? This is a simple matter. I would say: Pray any way you like, so long as you do pray.”
For a stalk to grow or a flower to open
there must be time that cannot be forced;
nine months must go by for the birth of a human child;
to write a book or compose music often years must be dedicated to patient research.
To find the mystery there must be patience, interior purification, silence, waiting.
A Prayer by Blessed Pope John Paul Ii
O God, You are our Creator.
You are good and Your mercy knows no bounds.
To You arises the praise of every creature.
O God, You have given us an inner law by which we must live.
To do Your will is our task.
To follow Your ways is to know peace of heart.
To You we offer our homage.
Guide us on all the paths we travel upon this earth.
Free us from all the evil tendencies which lead our hearts away from Your will.
Never allow us to stray from You.
O God, judge of all humankind, help us to be included among Your chosen ones on the last day.
O God, Author of peace and justice, give us true joy and authentic love, and a lasting solidarity among peoples.
Give us Your everlasting gifts. Amen!
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