Thursday, October 11, 2018

Pope Saint John XXIII (1881-1963)

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 8 The Divine Office at Night
Mass: Ga 3:1-5; Resp Ps (Lk 1); Lk 11:5-

What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish?

Yesterday Jesus taught us how to pray. Today he tells us to keep at it: 'Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.'

Prayer is not like a magic wand. Prayer requires commitment, constancy, and determination.
(Pope Francis, Twitter, October 11, 2018)

The very condition of prayer is a certain quieting of our desires and regrets; that is, it is an act of interior detachment and of conversion, a self-surrender that disengages us from the things that drag us down and distort us, in order once again to open ourselves to God in the simplicity of our hearts.
(Jean Daniélou)

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