Heavenly Father, I take these moments to adore
you and to enter into your loving presence. I dare to tell you I believe in you, although you know
how weak my faith is. You are the reason for all my hope in life. Lord, I count on you as I strive
to love you more totally and to attain the holiness of life to which you have called me.
Lord, teach me how to pray.
1. The Shortcut
As Pope John Paul II reminds us, "The royal and indispensable way to advance on
the path of holiness is prayer: being with the Lord, we become friends of the Lord, his attitude
gradually becomes our attitude and his heart our heart" (Address to the Priests of the Diocese of
Rome, March 6, 2003). Again we are confronted with that fundamental principle of our sanctification:
"He must increase, and I must decrease" (Cf. John 3:30). Christ must become more and more in us.
That's what genuine prayer accomplishes, if that prayer consists of a one-on-one conversation with
the Savior that engages heart, mind and will. Could it be the case that I am seeking holiness
without having firmly decided to anchor each day, indeed my entire life, in prayer?
Trust Like Little Children:
Why is it that the prospect of our personal holiness seems so
outlandish to us? Why are we so inwardly reluctant to believe that God, the almighty, the
all-powerful, who created us from nothing, can also sanctify us? Maybe the part that discourages us
is our unwillingness to jump headlong into that part of our sanctification that depends on us. But
even here, Christ urges us to pray with confidence: "If you then, who are evil, know how to give
good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who
ask him!" (Matthew 7:11). Is it too much to believe and trust that God will strengthen our will
in the pursuit of holiness? Will his grace fail us if we ask for holiness with complete trust and
3. What a Combination! Prayer, holiness and apostolic
fruitfulness are intrinsically linked. If we, as lay apostles, wish to see fruit in all our
apostolic endeavors, we know it will depend in large part on our degree of holiness:
degree of real union with God, the degree to which his divine life flows through us. That divine
life, given to us in baptism and increased through our sacramental life, can be enhanced every day
in personal prayer where our thirst for God is not quenched, but rather greatly increased. We should
pray always, so that prayer will be the secret of our holiness and apostolic fruitfulness. Prayer
continues to be the greatest power on earth. It must be at the very center of our quest for
Conversation with Christ:
Lord Jesus, thank you for this time of
prayer. Thank you for teaching
me interiorly, little by little every day, how to pray more
For the sake of those men and women, my brothers and sisters,
whose own salvation
is somehow mysteriously linked to my life and
to my fidelity to you, give me holiness!
I will renew my determination to make a daily prayer
time, and make sure that this becomes, or continues to be, a part of my daily