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The Absolute Necessity of Prayer: We need prayer like we need oxygen, because we are made to be in relationship with God. For this prayer to be real, the heart must be involved. We pray both as a community in our liturgies, and personally. (Luke 18:1, Romans 12:12, Eph 6:18, Col 4:2, 1Thes 5:17, CCC 2558)
"Prayer is nothing else
than an intimate sharing between friends;
it means taking time frequently
to be alone with Him
who we know love us." St. Teresa of Avila
For the Feast of Pentecost
Novena to the Holy Spirit
by Dan Burke
Presence of God – On the last day of the year, I recollect myself in the presence of the Child Jesus, to examine in the light of eternity the value of time.
Time passes and does not return. God has assigned to each of us a definite time in which to fulfill His divine plan for our soul; we have only this time and shall have no more. Time ill spent is lost forever. Our life is made up of this uninterrupted, continual flow of time, which never returns. In eternity, on the contrary, time will be no more; we shall be established forever in the degree of love which we have reached now, in time. If we have attained a high degree of love, we shall be fixed forever in that degree of love and glory; if we possess only a slight degree, that is all we shall have throughout eternity. No further progress will be possible when time has ended. “Therefore, whilst we have time, let us work good to all men” (Galations 6:10). “We must give every moment its full amount of love, and make each passing moment eternal, by giving it value for eternity” (Sr. Carmela of the Holy Spirit, O.C.D.). This is the best way to use the time given us by God. Charity allows us to adhere to God’s will with submission and love and thus at the close of life we shall have realized God’s plan for our soul; we shall have reached the degree of love which God expects from each one of us and with which we shall love and glorify Him for all eternity.