7 days till canonization: Prayer

PRAYER

Man achieves the fullness of prayer not when he expresses himself, but when he lets God be most fully present in prayer.

Pope John Paul II (Praying: How and Why; Crossing the Threshold of Hope)

Did you know?
As Pope, Pope John Paul II broke many records. He wrote more than 1000 pages of magisterial documents, performed more beatifications and canonizations than his predecessors combined, and made over 3288 speeches on his trips, just to name a few. Cardinal Julián Herranz however, mentions how many records Pope John Paul II has broken and adds, “I’ve never seen his most important record mentioned…the hours that this Pope spends in front of the Blessed Sacrament.”

Prayer is the raising of the mind to God. We must always remember this. The actual words we say don’t matter so much.

Pope John XXIII

Did you know?
Pope John XXIII reminded us that prayer was the most powerful weapon in the way of peace, recalling the words of St. Paul. “It is true that at the end of his letter to the Ephesians, written in a prison in Rome where he was chained to a Roman soldier guarding him, the Apostle Paul took his inspiration from military weapons to teach Christians the arms necessary to defend against and overcome spiritual enemies; not surprisingly, at the end of the list of weapons he stresses prayer as the most effective of them all.” (The Way of Peace)