“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Luke 18:1

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus told His disciples a parable

about the need to pray continually and never lose heart.

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– Luke 18:1 (JB)

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A TEACHING BY POPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II…

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"WHY MUST WE PRAY?

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1. WE MUST PRAY FIRST AND FOREMOST BECAUSE WE ARE BELIEVERS.

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Prayer is in fact the recognition of our limitation and our dependence:

we come from God, we belong to God and we return to God!

We cannot, therefore, but abandon ourselves to Him, our Creator and Lord,

with full and complete confidence […].

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Prayer, therefore, is first of all an act of intelligence,

a feeling of humility and gratitude,

an attitude of trust and

abandonment to Him who gave us life out of love.

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Prayer is a mysterious but real dialogue with God,

a dialogue of confidence and love.

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2. WE, HOWEVER, ARE CHRISTIANS,

AND THEREFORE WE MUST PRAY AS CHRISTIANS.

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For the Christian, in fact, prayer acquires a particular characteristic,

which completely changes its innermost nature and innermost value.

The Christian is a disciple of Jesus;

he is one who really believes that Jesus is the Word Incarnate,

the Son of God who came among us on this earth.

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As a man, the life of Jesus was a continual prayer,

a continual act of worship and love of the Father

and since the maximum expression of prayer is sacrifice,

the summit of Jesus’ prayer is the Sacrifice of the Cross,

anticipated by the Eucharist at the Last Supper

and handed down by means of the Holy Mass throughout the centuries.

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Therefore, the Christian knows that his prayer is that of Jesus;

every prayer of his starts from Jesus;

it is He who prays in us, with us, for us.

All those who believe in God, pray;

but the Christian prays in Jesus Christ: Christ is our prayer!

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3. FINALLY, WE MUST ALSO PRAY BECAUSE WE ARE FRAIL AND GUILTY.

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It must be humbly and realistically recognized that we are poor creatures,

confused in ideas, tempted by evil, frail and weak,

in continual need of inner strength and consolation.

Prayer gives the strength for great ideas,

to maintain faith, charity, purity and generosity.

Prayer gives the courage to emerge from indifference and guilt,

if unfortunately one has yielded to temptation and weakness.

Prayer gives light to see and consider the events of one’s own life and of history

in the salvific perspective of God and eternity.

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Therefore, do not stop praying!

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Let not a day pass without your having prayed a little!

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Prayer is a duty, but it is also a great joy,

because it is a dialogue with God through Jesus Christ!

Every Sunday, Holy Mass:

if it is possible for you, sometimes during the week.

Every day, morning and evening prayers,

and at the most suitable moments!"

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(Pope Saint John Paul II, "Audience with Young People", 14 March 1979)

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QUOTE…

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“In order to pray, let us believe;

and for our faith not to weaken, let us pray.

Faith causes prayer to grow,

and when prayer grows our faith is strengthened.”

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– St. Augustine

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord Jesus, I believe in You, my God and Saviour,

I belong to You, and I love You.

Increase my faith, Lord!

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