Prayer – Fourteenth Day of September
“We ought always to pray.” — St. Luke 18.1.
The whole care of those who give themselves to the exercise of prayer should be to conform their will to that of God. In this consists the greatest perfection we can acquire here below. — St. Teresa.
To conform in all things to the will of God was the principal object of all the prayers of this great saint.
St. Bernard addressed himself to God in the beginning of all his prayers as follows: “My God, I offer Thee this prayer that Thou mayst hear the ardent desire with which Thou hast inspired me to know and to do Thy will.”
St. Joseph Labre, call the poor one of Jesus Christ, who died in the odor of sanctity of Rome in 1785, gave to those who were astonished at the humiliations and penances of his life this answer: “God wills it thus; God wills that I walk in this path. It is not permitted that we resist the will of God. He has disposed everything for my greater good and my salvation.” Such was the fruit he gathered from his prayer, which was continual.
Lord, inspire me with an ardent desire to know and to accomplish Thy will. This is the fruit I desire to obtain from all my prayers.