"A family that prays together stays together." How often have we heard this saying? How often do we roll our eyes and think to ourselves, "oh gosh, here we go again!" Don't be ashamed men, I used to think the same thing. The fact is the healthy do not need a doctor, but the sick. And men, unfortunately, we are all sick. Thankfully, Jesus, the Great Physician, gives us an antidote to our illness...prayer!
St. Vincent de Paul summarizes prayer perfectly when he states, "Give me a man of prayer and he will be capable of everything. He may say with the apostle, “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.” Prayer transforms us. God does not need our prayers. God knows everything already. Prayer is for us, gentlemen. Without prayer, we have no captain driving our ship. Prayer is what keeps us grounded and humble to recognize how great God is and how minuscule we are.
Listen to part 1 of our 3 part series on prayer! See why the phrase "hound of heaven" is Father Dom's favorite expression of Jesus and why "The Hound of Heaven," was once called "the most magnificent poem ever written in English" by the great G.K. Chesterton to which J. R. R. Tolkien, the master behind "The Lord of the Rings" stated Chesterton was not giving the poem the credit it deserves.
James' Challenge: Start praying! 1, 5, 15, 60 minutes. Doesn't matter! Begin today. Simply ask Jesus to be present in your life, to direct your path, and give you peace. Jesus always meets us where we are at. He is always knocking on our door. Let Him in and see what He can do!
As always, please pray for us! We are men who are striving every day to be holy, to become saints and we cannot do that without the help of the Holy Ghost!
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1. Catechism section on prayer
2. Francis Thompson's "The Hound of Heaven"
3. Blake Shelton's "Ol' Red"
4. Litany of Humility prayer