Prayer, Patience and Perseverance
Building Blocks in the Storm
By: Eric Gajewski
St. John Chrysostom said it is impossible to lead a virtuous life without prayer and yet how many Christians have it on the forefront of their minds to be virtuous? Sure, we study doctrine and get caught up in the fight against the Novus Ordites but what about the interior state of your soul? Without prayer we are a boat without a sail on life’s endless seas and we need to stay connected to God (the Wind) otherwise we go nowhere. Our Ship must be led by this Wind and not ourselves. The whole goal of this life is to leave behind the self altogether for God Himself. A movement from self to the Sacred Heart of Christ with aide of the Immaculate Heart. It is God Himself who “will allow or send” the Storm, therefore, the man, who is not centered in prayer, will stand no chance in surviving the Storm. It is in this Storm we acquire patience itself or a greater patience. It is from enduring “storm after to storm”, that we, ultimately, learn to persevere in grace. It is not by our strength that we will make it to the blue skies and rainbow on the other side of the trial. No, all glory and honor is given to God with special veneration to Our Lady who aides in our trials and afflictions. We need God like a boat needs a motor or sail but modern man moves along the surface of the seas without either. When will he (modern man) realize that He will sink and drown once the Storm arrives?
To pray or not that is the question. So many of us go through prayer like we are reading the Sunday morning newspaper. We are moving through our prayer rehearsed and not giving the time to God to truly “connect”. He wants our hearts He does not want teleprompter readers. Take “at least” an hour a day out in silence and solitude to really pour out your heart to God. This is for the novice. Yet, the reality is we must be praying “interiorly ongoingly” throughout the day. Did not the Saints like St. Bernard tell us this much? What loving wife does not want to hear from her husband consistently? The good news is that our God is a jealous God and does want to hear from us consistently. Furthermore, if you find you are suffering much (carrying heavy crosses) perhaps God is trying to keep you inward in prayer? Perhaps he sees you on the surface too much giving into distraction and making no interior progress whatsoever. Our goal in this life is not our happiness my friends. Have we thought about this? Our goal is to please God in all we do. Just as a fish must stay in water to survive, essentially, we must, as spiritual creatures, learn to stay within and breathe the Divine air. How few Christians truly pray with the intent of pleasing God. Yet this is the ultimate end. To do God’s Will is our goal and how hard it is to achieve for the man of prayer. Thus, the man who doesn’t pray stands no chance.
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