Friday, April 20, 2012

Prayer

I've been thinking a great deal about prayer lately. Something that I've realized about prayer is the profound power it has in Christ to the reordering and restructuring of the mind to Him, Logos; to the Mind of God. Here is what I mean: I've noticed especially with myself that it is easy enough to truly believe something when you are thinking about it. For instance, I can believe that such-and-such an action is moral as opposed to this immorality at a given time; I can be informed of Catholic Truth, and avoid it. But life does not work that way. It is not possible at every moment to analyze and actively govern every action you take, for the sheer speed of life prevents it. That is one gift that prayer bestows on the Christian. When you pray, you are in essence bowing your fevered mind and resolute will to God's will, and reordering your stances and thoughts completely to His Mind. It is the oasis of refuge within the Womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary; it is that Place where the Most Holy Trinity dwells and imparts peace, comfort, and stability; where Christ is not just the just Judge nor even simply the merciful Savior, but rather, in His entire Person, an Infant in His mother's Womb. Prayer is going to that place of paradise where Eternity joins to the cosmos in the Divine Person of Jesus Christ, God and man; prayer is seeking and finding union with Him in body and soul in the Womb of the Virgin, being absolutely at peace. This, by the way, is one of the reasons why the Holy Rosary is so efficacious to the mystical union of the man or woman to God; for it is simply being mystically united in being and perspective to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and sharing in her union with Christ her Son. Praying the Holy Rosary, going to Jesus through Mary (who is His humanity, by the way; His humanity is not simply an abstract thing, but is *Mary herself*) are expressions of the fact that the Blessed Mother is in fact the Church in her person and in her relationship with Christ, for as St. Francis of Assisi, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, praises her: "You are the Virgin made Church." She is the Bride of the Holy Trinity and, most literally, the Body of Christ; we find our identity as the Church, the Bride of God, and the Body of Christ most perfectly when it is found in her Heart and in her person. If you go to that Place in prayer, if you seek the place of Sacred Union between the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, you will find the Place where the Holy Spirit reorders, strengthens, and establishes you; where you drink deeply of the River of Life, the Spirit flowing from the Father and the Son, which confirms you in your Faith and strengthens mind and heart and will for the battle that is of it's nature being a member of the Church Militant during the course of your life on Earth. God speed on your journey to Heaven, sanctity, and Sainthood; and in all things, for all eternity, the mystical union of body and soul to Jesus Christ, our Divine Spouse.

Patience and steadfastness, in that Love which is virtue par excellence, is only to be found in Jesus our true God, through Mary His true humanity, in prayer. Pray the Rosary, dear Catholics. Don't just say it or do it, become a part of it. Become a part of the mystery of the one Life, the one Love, the one Body, the united Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

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  1. I am not sure if you're familiar with this creed, but you might find it useful: (Quicumque vult)

    Whoever wills to be saved, before all things it is necessary that he holds the Catholic faith. Unless a person keeps this faith whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish eternally. The Catholic faith is this, that we worship one God in the Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the Persons nor dividing the Substance. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one, the glory equal, and the majesty co-eternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit. The Father, uncreated, the Son, uncreated, and the Holy Spirit, uncreated. The Father, infinite, the Son, infinite, and the Holy Spirit, infinite. The Father, eternal, the Son, eternal, and the Holy Spirit, eternal. Yet they are not three eternals, but One Eternal. As also they are not three uncreateds nor three infinites, but One Uncreated and One Infinite. Likewise the Father is almighty, the Son is almighty, and the Holy Spirit is almighty. Yet they are not three almighties, but One Almighty. Likewise the Father is God, the Son is God and the Holy Spirit is God. Yet they are not three gods, but One God. Likewise the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord and the Holy Spirit is Lord. Yet they are not three lords, but One Lord. For just as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge each person by Himself to be God and Lord, so we are forbidden by the Catholic religion to say there are three gods or three lords. The Father is made by none, neither created nor begotten. The Son is from the Father alone; not made nor created, but begotten. The Holy Spirit is from the Father and the Son; not made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding. So there is One Father, not three fathers; One Son, not three sons; One Holy Spirit, not three holy spirits. And in this Trinity nothing is before or after, nothing is greater or less; but the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal. So that in all things, as has been said above, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped. Whoever, therefore, wishes to be saved, let him think thus of the Trinity.

    It is also necessary for salvation to believe faithfully the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. The right faith, therefore, is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, is God and man. God, of the substance of the Father, begotten before the ages; and man, of the substance of His mother, born in the world. Perfect God, perfect man, subsisting of a rational soul and human flesh. Equal to the Father according to His Godhead, less than the Father according to His humanity. Although He is God and man, He is not two, but One Christ. One, however, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by the taking of humanity into God. One altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person. For as a reasoning soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is One Christ. He suffered for our salvation and descended into hell. On the third day He rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty. Thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. At His coming all shall rise again with their bodies, and shall give an account of their own deeds. Those who have done good shall go into eternal life, but those who have done evil shall go into eternal fire.

    This is the Catholic faith. Unless a person believes it faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved.

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    1. I am very, very familiar with the Athanasian Creed :) I have most of it memorized.

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    2. It is very useful to always call to mind the Catholic Faith in the Triune God: three distinct Persons in one absolutely simple Divine Nature. I also appreciate how perfectly careful this Creed is to spell out the Incarnation of the Son in plain terms, especially the part where it says the humanity was taken up, or assumed as some translations have it, into God. The Assumption of the Mother of God, the origin of His humanity, comes to mind.. :)

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    3. What a beautiful, divine, and Catholic Faith we have!

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    4. It's great that you are focused on this creed, since this is one of the three symbols of faith in the Catholic Church! :)

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  2. Yes, the special attention to the Incarnation is the cure for arianism, nestorianism, monophysitism, monothelitism, or whatever else may ail one :)

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