Everything starts from prayer. Without asking god for love, we cannot possess love and still less are we able to give it to others. Just as people today are speaking so much about the poor but they do not know or talk to the poor, we too cannot talk so much about prayer and yet not know how to pray.
Almost certainly god is not in time. his life does not consist of moments one following another...ten-thirty-- and every other moment from the beginning of the world--is always present for him. if you like to put it this way, he has all eternity in which to listen to the split second of prayer put up by a pilot as his plane crashes in flames.
Everything starts with prayer. Love to pray-feel the need to pray often during the day and take the trouble to pray. If you want to pray better, you must pray more. The more you pray, the easier it becomes. Perfect prayer does not consist of many words but in the fervor of the desire which raises the heart to jesus.
That there is one god, who made all things. That he governs the world by his providence. That he might be worshipped by adoration, prayer, and thanksgiving. But that the most acceptable service of god is doing good to man. That the soul is immortal. And that god will certainly reward virtue and punish vice, either here or hereafter.
Is not prayer also a study of truth,--a sally of the soul into the unfound infinite? No man ever prayed heartily, without learningsomething. But when a faithful thinker, resolute to detach every object from personal relations, and see it in the light of thought, shall, at the same time, kindle science with the fire of the holiest affections, then will god go forth anew into creation.
I think the greatest gift we can give our children is the experience of deep quiet. if we don’t help our children cultivate contemplation, reflection, prayer, meditation, or whatever other practice of mindfulness, then they’re likely to be completely spun out of their center by the time they’re in grade school.