Thursday, August 18, 2016

Baton Rouge Flooding Chronicle:Aug. 18, 2016 - Every single grace comes through prayer

Baton Rouge Flooding Chronicle:Aug. 18, 2016
Every single grace comes through prayer

When it appears to us that we lack direction and answers, we turn our hearts and minds to Him who put us on this earth, who knows our needs, and who promises that He will never leave us.
We cannot trust our own strength for it is very limited. We experience this when we feel as though we are at our wits' end. And on such moments it is easy for us to criticize and be negative.

St. Faustina Kowalska wrote in her diary, "I am not counting on my own strength, but on His omnipotence for, as He gave me the grace of knowing His holy will, He will also grant me the grace of fulfilling it." (Diary, 615)

St. Teresa of Avila recommends that we often enter throughout the day our 'Interior Castle' where the Holy Spirit dwells. The entry into the 'mansion' of our soul is possible through prayer. It is in that sacred place where we encounter God and receive His grace. St. Faustina again wrote, "There is no soul which is not bound to pray, for every single grace comes to the soul through prayer (Diary, 146)."

Today when we find ourselves frustrated that we can't accomplish something on our own strength, let us take a quiet moment to enter into prayer to receive the grace that God has in store for us for the moment.
- Fr. Paul Yi