Thought for the Day – 15 February – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
The Spirit of Prayer
“The alchemists of old were searching for a legendary stone which would transform metal into gold.
This stone, does not exist, of course but, in the supernatural order, the spirit of prayer really can change everything to gold.
When they are accompanied by this spirit, all our actions are most pleasing to God and draw His further favours.
Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta, understood this truth clearly and put it into practice in her life.
She tended animals, served in the kitchen and was a missionary in China but, no matter what she was doing, she was moved by the spirit of prayer and of the love of God.
“I ask God,” she wrote to her parents, “to spread throughout the world that purity of intention which consists in performing our most ordinary actions for the love of God.”
Let us follow this example.
Let us put into practice this great rule of the spiritual life.
Then, all our actions will be acceptable prayer ascending to God.”
Antonio Cardinal Bacci
About Bl Maria Assunta Pallotta (1878-1905) who was Beatified by Ven Pope Pius XII on 7 November 1954.