Prayer – First Day of September
“We ought always to pray.” — St. Luke 18.1.
There is certainly nothing more useful than prayer. This is why we should esteem it, love it much, and neglect nothing in order to do it well. — St. Vincent de Paul.
All the saints have shown much affection for this exercise. St. Cajetan employed eight hours of the day in prayer. St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland, and St. Stephen, King of Hungary, spent most of the night in prayer. St. Francis gave to prayer all the time that the obligations of his state left him at liberty. St. Louis Gonzaga while still young spent each day one or two hours in prayer. One might say that St. Magdalene of Pazzi lived in prayer. There have been saints, such as St. Philip Neri and St. Francis of Sales, who were always in prayer, even while in the midst of important affairs.
My God, give me a great esteem for prayer. Grant that I may love prayer, and that I may acquit myself worthily of this salutary exercise.