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Prayer – Twenty-Sixth Day of September

Prayer.

“We ought always to pray.” — St. Luke 18.1.

TWENTY-SIXTH DAY.

There is a certain manner of prayer most simple and very useful; it is, to be habitually in the presence of God. And this sight of God will produce in us an intimate union with Him, a simple and perfect intention. Oh, how precious is this manner of prayer! — St. Francis of Sales.

St. Louis Gonzaga found nothing more easy than to be continually united to God in thought and mind. He found it as difficult not to think of God as others find it hard to think of Him unceasingly. His thoughts were never distracted from God, only when he slept. Even then, if he had dreams, God was the subject of them.

Someone said to the zealous priest Bernard, call the poor priest: “You never cease to speak of God; you speak of Him too often.” “I cannot help speaking of that which is ever present to my mind, of that which my heart loves,” replied he.

Prayer.

My God, may I be ever in Thy presence, and grant that the thought of Thy benefits, of Thy perfections, and of Thy love fill me with joy, and unite me intimately with Thee!

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