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.