Thought for the Day – 13 March – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
“What is prayer?
It is not simply a request for some favour or grace.
It is much more than this.
It is a raising of the mind and heart to God, in order to adore, praise, love and appease Him.
It is an intimate conversation with God, or with Our Lady, or with any of the Saints.
It is wonderfully consoling to be able to place ourselves quietly in the presence of God and open our hearts to Him.
We can make known to Him our weaknesses, our desires and our resolutions.
We can tell Him how much we long to love Him and to do His will in all things.
We can tell Him how much we need His grace, because we are incapable of achieving anything without Him.
We can tell Him that we long to love, adore and serve Him and to lead others to do likewise.
If we pray in this fashion, we can be sure, that God will hear us.
If He obliges us to wait for an answer, it is because He wishes to test our faith and love.
Even during such a period of trial, our prayers will still reach the throne of God.”