It Pays to Pray

9 Jan

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I am grateful to so many of you who have, over the years, shared faith with me, inspired me and, yes, listened to me.

I had such a great Christmas, which lasts from December 25 through January 10, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the last day of the Christmas season.

I thank God for The Liturgy of the Hours—the Breviary, as most people call the set of books which ordained and consecrated persons promise to pray every day of their lives. Many lay people pray the Hours as well.

Our Church has wisely preserved for our benefit the writings of so many saints.

 A case in point.

St. Peter Chrysologus (A.D. 406-450) was a dynamic preacher. On Monday after the Feast of the Epiphany, he offers the following:

“Today the Magi gaze in deep wonder at what they see: Heaven on earth, earth in heaven, man in God, God in man, one whom the whole universe cannot contain now enclosed in a tiny body. As they look, they believe and do not question as their symbolic gifts bear witness: incense for God, gold for a king, myrrh for one who is to die.

“So the Gentiles, who were the last, become the first: the faith of the Magi is the first fruits of the belief of the Gentiles.”

This is a great insight and inspiration for all of us. The one phrase that has sent me back to this quote time and again is this: “one whom the whole universe cannot contain now enclosed in a tiny body.”[i]

May I be among the last to say, “A blessed Christmas to all.”

It pays to pray. I already anticipate Christmas 2016.

 

[i] The Liturgy of the Hours, Book I, pg. 578.

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2 Responses to “It Pays to Pray”

  1. Mark January 11, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

    This is so inspiring. Love the Church fathers. My prayer life needs to be set on fire and stoked regularly! Recently my wife and watched The War Room, a great modern day movie produced by some Protestant brothers and sisters on the power of prayer. I recommend it to all. Blessings, Mark

    • Henry Libersat January 12, 2016 at 2:36 am #

      I will get to that movie. As always, Mark, God bless and keep you and yours. Henry

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