“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Luke 5:16

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TODAY’S WORD…

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He would always go off to some place where He could be alone and pray.

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– Luke 5:16 (NIV)

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REFLECTION…

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St Luke’s Gospel frequently draws attention to Jesus going off, alone, to pray.

By doing this Jesus teaches us the need for personal prayer in all the various situations in which we find ourselves.

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Jesus prayed.

In order to keep in contact with God who is our source of life, we too should pray.

Although He was the Son of God, although He was very busy, He knew He had to pray.

We too have to pray if we wish to stay alive spiritually.

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The first characteristic which our prayer should have

is the simplicity of a son speaking to his father…

that is, we need to imitate Jesus.

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QUOTE…

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"It is very important to note carefully what the Messiah did,

because He came to show us the path that leads to the Father. […]

We will learn to live every moment of our lives with a lively awareness of eternity,

and we will understand more deeply man’s need for periods of intimate conversation with his God,

so as to get to know Him, to invoke Him, to praise Him, to break out into acts of thanksgiving,

to listen to Him or, quite simply, to be with Him"

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– St. Josemaria Escriva

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“You ask, “to pray is to talk with God, but about what?”

About what? About Him, about yourself,

about joys, sorrows, successes, failures, noble ambitions, daily worries, weaknesses!

And acts of thanksgiving and petition, and love and making amends.

In a word: to get to know Him and to get to know yourself -`to get acquainted!’"

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– St. Josemaria Escriva

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PRAYER…

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Lord, I want to know you better – help me to pray, full of faith in You, at all times.

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Lord, teach me how to pray from the depths of my heart and in total loving submission to Your will.

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