[This is the second 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. Today is this saint’s Feast. For more about him, visit the Saint of the Day blog on the right column of this blog.]
Let us keep our eyes on Jesus Christ to contemplate Him,
our mouth employed to praise Him,
our whole heart intent on nothing less than to please Him without limits.
When you come before the Lord,
talk to Him if you can;
if you can’t, just stay there, let yourself be seen,
and don’t try to be too hard to do anything else.
The chief exercise of prayer is to speak to God
and to hear God speak in the bottom of our heart.
During the course of the day,
recall as often as possible that you are in God’s presence.
Consider what God does and what you are doing.
You will see His eyes turned toward you and
constantly fixed on you with incomparable love.
Then you will say to God,
“O God, why do I not look always at You,
just as You always look at me?
Why do You think so often of me, O Lord, and
why do I think so seldom of You?”
Where are we, O my soul?
God is our true place, and where are we?
A Prayer by St. Francis de Sales
Lord, I am yours,
and I must belong to no one but you.
My soul is yours,
and must live only by you.
My will is yours,
and must love only for you.
I must love you as my first cause,
since I am from you.
I must love you as my end and rest,
since I am for you.
I must love you more than my own being,
since my being subsists by you.
I must love you more than myself,
since I am all yours and all in you.