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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

That all may be one..

146. "Contrary to the growing consumerist individualism that tends to isolate us in a quest for well-being apart from others, our path to holiness can only make us identify all the more with Jesus' prayer 'that all may be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you'" (Jn17:21).

We are still on Chapter Four where the Pope is speaking about different aspects of holiness. Now he will speak of constant prayer. The underlining is mine.

147. Finally, though it may seem obvious, we should remember that holiness consists in a habitual opening to the transcendent, expressed in prayer and adoration. The saints are distinguished by a spirit of prayer and a need for communion with God. They find an exclusive concern with this world to be narrow and stifling, and, amid their own concerns and commitments, they long for God, losing themselves in praise and contemplation for the Lord. I do not believe in holiness without prayer, even though prayer need not be lengthy or involve intense emotions."

We thought about our call to adore the Heart of Christ in the Eucharist during retreat. We are to foster a spirit of adoration. I have found such grace in just spending an hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament each afternoon. 

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