THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF MENTAL PRAYER
And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became dazzling white.(Lk 9:29).
- Through prayer, we are able to discern how Jesus would act if he were in our place. Prayers enables us to identify our thoughts, feelings, desires and actions with those of Our Lord, thereby becoming other Christs, Christ himself (St. Josemaria)
- With prayer, we learn how to abandon and entrust all our problems into the hands of the Father such that what used to be humanly oppressive and burdensome becomes lighter and less problematic for we no longer carry the load but rather Our Lord Himself.
- An authentic prayer life leads us to behave differently, at least, striving to make our prayer influence in fulfilling God’s will in our home, in our place of work, in our dealings with others, our rest…
The clearest sign that our prayer is done well and pleasant in God’s eyes, beyond the personal sensation – more or less objective-, that we have made an effort not to be distracted, and to listen to God’s voice, etc., is the verification of the capacity to change, to transform our behavior.
- If I am angry before doing my mental prayer and I continue to do so when I finish, then my prayer wasn’t done well. The same thing is true if I am sad, too overwhelmed, heartbroken, proud, lazy, etc.
- The Holy Cure of Ars said that in oratione quae rite fiat, dolores dissolvuntur, sicut coram sole nives, in a well-done prayer, pains melt like snow before the sun.
A similar idea is expressed by St. Josemaria when he speaks of prayer as the best analgesic, pain reliever. All this is so because prayer is a dialogue of love and the more one progresses in prayer, the more charity ignites.
Hence, as Benedict XVI has said, true prayer consists precisely in uniting our will to that of God (Angelus, 4.111.07).
Lord Jesus, help me become more like you!
Stay safe and God bless,
Fr. Rolly Arjonillo
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