Time for God by Jacques Philippe

Perseverance in mental prayer is the narrow gate that opens the Kingdom of Heaven to us; it is the only way for us to receive the gifts which “no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, that God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor 2:9).

Mental prayer is the source of true happiness.

“Pray at all times” – Luke 21:36

We must believe with our whole heart that God is present. The life of prayer is the source of infinite riches. Mental prayer is no more than an exercise in loving God.

Prayer is to remain in God’s presence and let him love us. Allow God’s presence to dwell in our hearts. The deepest center of our soul is God.

Very often what determines our progress and deepening of mental prayer is not what we do during prayer time but the rest of the time.

God only gives himself to us if we give ourselves totally to him. Let ourselves be loved by him like very small children. Let God have the joy of loving us.

“In prayer, what counts is not to think a lot but to love a lot.” – St. Teresa of Avila

“God needs not our works, but is thirsty for our love.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

Jesus is the way to God for us. Faith alone empowers us to enter into the mystery of God through the person of Christ.

The heart must be pierced – God must touch us at such a deep level of our being that we cannot do without him any more.

Meditation readings – the purpose is not to increase knowledge but love for God. This is a great way to start mental prayer.

The proper response to distractions during prayer is not for the mind to concentrate harder but for the heart to love more intensely.

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