Prayer – Eighth Day of September
“We ought always to pray.” — St. Luke 18.1.
While speaking with the lips to God, if at the same time we speak with the heart, keeping well in mind it is to God we are addressing ourselves, and, entering into the sentiments the words express, we then pray both vocally and mentally. Such a prayer is of great service. — St. Teresa
A pious priest, whilst discoursing with the mistress of an inn where he was stopping, suggested that she might sanctify every action of the day. “I try to do so,” she replied. “I have a little particular prayer for each action. I recite it as devoutly as I can, uniting myself to the Church triumphant, militant, and suffering. I have done this for twelve years.” “Who suggested this excellent practice to you?” asked he. “A Capuchin missionary who gave a mission some time since,” she replied, “and who reaped abundant fruit from his labors in that mission.” The priest exhorted her to continue in this pious practice, also to encourage her children to do the same.
My God, I take the resolution to offer all my actions to Thee, to be sanctified and blessed, that I may perform them in a manner agreeable to Thee and beneficial for myself.