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XIX Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayer is essential: it is the breath of the soul

8/10/2017
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Brothers and Sisters, FIAT!

After the multiplication of the loaves and the fish, here is another extraordinary gesture of Jesus, He walks on the waves of the sea in storm conditions to reach the boat of His disciples. They confuse Him with a ghost and are frightened. In order to be sure that He is really Jesus, Peter asks Him and gets to reach Him by walking on the water.
So, Peter walks on the water like the Lord, but shortly after he is frightened and begins to sink: Jesus reproaches him, saying that his little faith led him to doubt, then He takes him by the hand and carries him to safety on the boat. Reflections on our little faith are so obvious that we do not even have to expose them.

Rather, it is necessary to spend a few words on the short sentence that precedes the episode: After dismissing the crowds full of bread and fish, Jesus "went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone." Several times the Gospels mention the prayer of Jesus in solitude, thus half-closing a door on the depths of its mystery. Who did Jesus pray to? And how, and why? If Jesus was God why did Jesus need to pray?

Questions grow, answers are insufficient but we can glimpse something because sometimes His prayer was heard. For example, in the Garden of Olives, on the eve of His Passion, Jesus asked to be free from sufferings to which he was aware of going: ""Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." Another example is His prayer just before dying on the cross: "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit!."

Therefore, Jesus addresses the Father, aware of His being His Son: both as God and as a man. Trying to perceive what remains a mystery, we might say: Jesus-God, the second Person of the Trinity ("God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, one in Being with the Father. "), in His talk with the Father expresses His intimate communion, the perfect harmony with Him.

At the same time, Jesus-man who shares the limits of men addresses the Father to ask what no one else can give to Him. He is constantly in the midst of people, almost all friends, but the conversation with them is not enough for Him; He feels the loneliness of every man, and seeks to overcome it only where He can find that; He draws from the Father the necessary lucidity to make His difficult choices, the determination to realize them, the strength to face the terrible costs.

We are not different. Even for us the time of difficult choices. of painful trials arrives; We too, perhaps obscurely, feel that we do not find the full satisfaction of our expectations in our neighbor, however lovely and enriching they may be. Jesus tells us the way out, through His private prayer and His intimate conversation with the Father (His and our Father, as He teaches us).

Prayer (not just the communal prayer, such as the Mass) is necessary and essential also for us. It can express praise, thanksgiving, request for forgiveness, entreaty for help.

We can pray in codified ways (Our Father, Hail Mary, the Psalms, the Rosary or other expressions learned by heart) or in our own words. Prayer may be different according to the circumstances; We can pray at any time. Prayer can be prolonged as we like, in church or on the streets, no matter. Prayer is indispensable, in happy and unhappy moments, but also in the normality of everyday life, for anyone who is aware of his humanity. It is strength and consolation, light and relief. Prayer is the breath of the soul.

Jesus often spoke to Luisa of the prayer in the Divine Will. On July 16, 1927, He explained to her that the prayer done in the Divine Will possesses Divine Power and Universal Strength. One who lives in the Divine Will has the wideness, the capacity, to be able to enclose all the Acts of God within herself, therefore becoming the depository of the Divine Will. And because of this, God finds in that soul the whole of Himself with all His Acts.

Everything is sacred in her, everything is holy, everything is light and beauty; she possesses perfect balance, divine order, and Jesus finds in her the Glory of His Sanctity, of His Light, of His rare Beauty. He looks at her and he finds His reflections, His dearest image created by Him, as wanted by Him; and in the excess of His Love he keeps repeating: ‘How beautiful you are—My Will has enclosed everything in you. The Creation is a pale image of you; you are more refulgent than the sun, you are more adorned than the heavens, you are more graceful than the flowery fields. You are all beautiful because the power of My Divine Volition invests you, nourishes you—is your life.’”

When the soul prays in the Divine Will, all things and all created beings stand at attention, suspend all things, make everything silent, and while they are all intent on admiring the act done in the Divine Will, all together, they follow the prayer. The power of it calls and imposes itself on everything, in such a way that all do the same thing. If all other prayers were united together in order to compare them with a simple prayer done in the Divine Will, this one surpasses them all, because it possesses a Divine Will, an immense power, an incalculable value. Jesus Himself feels invested by such a prayer, and as he sees that it is His Will that prays, He feels Its power that identifies Him with that very prayer. If graces are not obtained by means of the prayer done in the Divine Will, which is Universal and Divine Prayer, if Divine Justice is not placated and scourges continue to pour upon the earth, it means that that is the Will of God, and that instead of making those graces descend, it makes the effects of It descend into souls; and if one does not obtain much with it, much less will be obtained with other prayers not done in the Divine Will, that contain neither Divine Power nor Universal Strength.

don Marco
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