After forming man from the clay of the earth God breathed into man a life giving
soul. This breath promotes the life of the body and the life of the spirit. We know
how essential breathing is and we know that one day we will take our final breath
and then the door to eternity opens up our eyes to a new reality. In this eternal
reality we begin to evaluate all that we said and did while struggling in this
finite world. We will all admit to the importance of the breathing but what about
the breathing that promotes the everlasting life.
In the eternal life the physical act of breathing is replaced by the eternal breath of
the Spirit which is our prayer life.
“Ask whatever you desire in my Name and it shall be granted unto thee.” Prayer
is the act of breathing in the presence of God. Prayer can take place in three ways
which ultimately prepares us for the divine life in the Holy Trinity. We need to consider
the three acts of prayer and how they prepare us for our death and resurrection.
In the first act of prayer the soul is initiated through the vocal prayers that are
common for the family. We learn from our Lord to pray the Our Father and we
learn from scripture the Hail Mary. Our Parents and teachers seek to develop within
us a love for prayer so that it becomes as important to us as our breathing. It is
the development of the union with our Creator. We learn through vocal prayer how to
relate to the Lord Who ransomed us. This oral prayer is only the beginning of the
relationship that our Lord wishes to have with us. Oral prayer is useful when praying
with others in a social gathering such as holy mass.
Oral prayer possesses importance and will lead us to the act of meditation. In our oral
prayer we may come to the word “full of grace” and we stop and we chew on this
reality of our Blessed Mother. We seek to delve into the depths of the mystery of
grace itself, of friendship with God. Meditation guides us in a systematic way to
know our faith and the doctrines which touch our lives. Through this prayer we
develop a deeper communion with the Lord. All people, places and events can lead
us to meditate upon the mystery of God’s fertile imagination.
This act of meditation will urge us on to the great and most beautiful prayer of
contemplation. Like the Rosary game where the kids chant “Ring around the Rosie
pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes all fall down.” In praying the rosary we repeat the words
in loving contemplation of the divine mysteries and we “fall down” in reverence for the
love of God. Contemplation tends to take the soul into a peaceful sleep which
focuses one word or one act of Jesus. Our entire being is immersed in this mystery
which seems to bring our faith and the doctrines into a unity.
We breath in the presence of God and whether we are in desolation or consolation we
know that all is meant for the good of our souls. Pray always just as you breath
always. Our contemplation of the act of breathing can open the door to the untold
mystery of God. It is recorded in the Paradiso of Dante that when the soul comes
into the light of the Beatific Vision the poet loses all ability to communicate that
which is infinite and so far beyond us. We can only stand in awe of this Breath
supporting all breaths.
Prayer then is to be treasured and practiced by seeking the will of God in all that
occurs in our daily lives. This breath of eternal life develops within the soul a
“taste for God”. Never give up on prayer but continue to press on and the reward
will come without force. In His peace do our souls find the rest they desire.
Let us reflect upon the prayer life that opens the soul to the Love of God and
begets in the soul the very breath of our Savior. Mary is our greatest model for
her life was spent in contemplating her Son Who remains her Creator. Turn to
our Lady’s holy rosary and all prayer becomes a delight and a power.
Let us storm heaven with many holy rosaries then we can take the world by
storm. Heaven knows this is the only way we can achieve a peace that is
beyond vaccines and beyond politics. May our Lady guide us into the
deepest union of love with her Son Jesus.
In the hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
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