Prayer – Twelfth Day of September
“We ought always to pray.” — St. Luke 18.1.
Let him who desires that prayer be useful to him make no account of spiritual consolations. I know from experience that one who enters this path with a true determination to be thankful whether Our Lord gives him sweets and tenderness or gives them not has already made great progress on the journey. — St. Teresa.
St. Francis of Sales was never disquieted when tried by interior desolations or dryness. He said once to his daughter in Christ, St. Jane Frances: “It is not my custom to reflect whether I have consolations or desolations. When Our Lord gives me good sentiments, I received them with profound respect and simplicity; if He gives them not, I do not grieve — I stand before Him with great confidence, like a child whom He loves.”
My God, let me be ever before Thee, as a loving child before a tender mother — with confidence and love.