God in the "Events" of Our Lives

God in the "Events" of Our Lives
Posted on 01/22/2018
God in the “Events” of Our Lives

Prayer works, which does not mean that it is a method of getting one’s wishes granted.  If prayer does not enable us to have our way with God, to tame the Unknown, then how do we know that it is having an effect?  Ignatius was clear on this topic: God has His own personal touch in the events in our lives, if we take the time daily to prayer, to reflect.  In prayer, we learn to recognize the gentle touch of God, the certitude we feel in our hearts when God is leading. A sure sign of God’s gentle touch is when we feel a deep joy and peace, even if the circumstances seem difficult, or, even, hopeless.  

This takes work, daily prayer; this takes awareness where the Lord is leading.  When we strive to be aware of the Lord, this is prayer.  Scripture and Church are there to be respected, but paying attention to what the Lord says in the events of our lives is the work we must learn to do.

Today the Church prays for the legal protection of unborn children.  We pray today with the Church.  The mother of SJJ’s Mom’s Circle, Jennifer Fallon-DeLucia, has been moved to hospice care; please pray for her mother and Mrs. Delucia’s family. “Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.” (from today’s Third Week of Ordinary Time Mass, Mt. 11:25)  St. John Berchmans, pray for us.  St. Ignatius, pray for us.  

The Strength of Peace to the Soul

You should remember all your life that one of the principal causes of the little progress made by certain good people is that the devil continually fills their souls with disquiet, perplexities, and trouble, which render them incapable of serious, gentle, and constant application to the practice of virtue.

The great principle of the interior life lies in peace of the heart; it must be preserved with such care that the moment it is in danger everything else should be abandoned for its re-establishment.
Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade, S.J. (1675-1751)
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