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A Map


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“True humility consists in our being satisfied with what is given us”

– St. Teresa of Avila

Prayers are so much more than words. They are directions for the soul to follow in the footsteps of our Lord, when we have lost sight of Him. I am reminded of our Holy Mothers words to the servants at the wedding:  “Do whatever he tells you.”

To “do” is to perform the action. To practice the action being requested of our Lord.

Thus, a map. Try it always, as you pray it.

Litany of Humility

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,

Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being loved…
From the desire of being extolled …
From the desire of being honored …
From the desire of being praised …
From the desire of being preferred to others…
From the desire of being consulted …
From the desire of being approved …
From the fear of being humiliated …
From the fear of being despised…
From the fear of suffering rebukes …
From the fear of being calumniated …
From the fear of being forgotten …
From the fear of being ridiculed …
From the fear of being wronged …
From the fear of being suspected …

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I …
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease …
That others may be chosen and I set aside …
That others may be praised and I unnoticed …
That others may be preferred to me in everything…
That others may become holier than I,
 provided that I may become as holy as I should…

Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930),
Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X

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Practice


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A very strange thing happened the other day. Someone who left the faith told me, “I read the bible many times and it did nothing for me”. Humm, I thought..

Technically, the bible doesn’t do anything for anyone, if it’s not applied. Although Sacred, and most definitely the Word of God, it’s what YOU do with it that matters. You can read “Sacred Scripture” until the end of eternity, but until you actually “practice” what He is saying, it doesn’t do anything. Until it is “Applied” to the “wounds” it’s not going to “heal”. I may make you desire to read more, but “practice” makes “perfect.” When its “applied” the Word becomes Flesh and dwells within you.

Imagine receiving a “prescription” from the “Doctor”, getting it filled (buying a bible), reading the “Directions” and not taking the “Medicine” but simply placing it in the cupboard waiting for results.

A person can study medicine their entire life, but until they actually “practice” medicine, all the reading, all the studying, all the tests and most assuredly all the degrees earned, all the time spent learning, means nothing and becomes dust. When put into “practice”, it blossoms. It becomes “alive”. You live it and grow with it. It becomes your life. You eat, sleep, dream and live “medicine”. You continue to “grow”, to study more while practicing and applying..

Thus, there is no difference “practicing” the faith, you become One with God…

“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice”.

Living the faith, is practicing the faith. “Applying” the faith in every aspect of life. Never missing a dose of the “Medicine” from the “Doctor” of your soul..

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