Prayer – Twenty-Eighth Day of September
“We ought always to pray.” — St. Luke 18.1.
Almost all the faults that persons in religion commit against their rules and in their exercises of piety arise from the facility with which they lose sight of the presence of God. — St. Francis of Sales.
We do not fail in respect to a king when in his presence or when we think his eyes are upon us. Shall we sin against God, Who is present and Who sees us? Said a holy priest. Why is it the saints in heaven do not, or cannot, sin? It is because they do not cease to contemplate God.
“Think of Me, and I will think of thee,” said Our Lord to a saint. He would have him understand that the continual remembrance of God is an excellent means not only of not offending God, but of enriching him with His favors.
A pious person said to her director: “My Father, the days in which I think least of God are the days in which I sin the oftenest. Give me some practice that I may never cease to think of God.” He gave her the following practices: “First, ask of God, in all your prayers, the graces you need to walk continually in His holy presence. Second, when you perceive that a half-hour is passed without having thought of Him, humble yourself and say with love: ‘O God so amiable, how have I passed so long a time without occupying myself with Thee?’ Third, often fix your eyes upon some holy object to animate your faith.”
My God, I have offended Thee because I ceased to think of Thee. Grant that I may see Thee everywhere and in everything; that I may be touched by Thy perfections, and never offend Thee more, but love Thee as much as I am capable of loving.