Prayer – Eighteenth Day of September
“We ought always to pray.” — St. Luke 18.1.
It is not necessary that in praying we talk much, or that in speaking to God we select the choicest expressions. It is sufficient to be profoundly recollected in His divine presence, represent simply to Him our wants and the obligation He has willed to contract through love for us to relieve them. — St. Teresa.
Gerson relates that a great servant of God often said: “During the space of forty years, in which I have endeavored to the best of my ability to pray, I have found no better means than to present myself before God like a child, or like a poor beggar, blind, naked, and abandoned.”
This was the kind of prayer that St. Francis made when he passed entire nights repeating these words: “My God, what art Thou, and what am I?” In contemplating a God so great, so good, he abased himself in thinking of his nothingness, he was penetrated with a contrition which love had planted in his heart, he begged the Lord to hasten to the succor of one so miserable.
My God, grant that I may be always profoundly recollected in Thy presence. I will lay my wants unceasingly before Thee. Remember, Thou hast promised to assist those who come to Thee. O Thou Who art so powerful and so good, hasten to my aid.