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Part Four

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It is always possible to pray:

The time of the Christian is that

of the risen Christ who is with us always, no matter what tempests

may arise.

36

Our time is in the hands of God:

It is possible to offer fervent prayer even while walking in

public or strolling alone, or seated in your shop, . . . while

buying or selling, . . . or even while cooking.

37

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Prayer is a vital necessity.

Proof from the contrary is no less

convincing: if we do not allow the Spirit to lead us, we fall back

into the slavery of sin.

38

How can the Holy Spirit be our life if our

heart is far from him?

Nothing is equal to prayer; for what is impossible it makes

possible, what is difficult, easy. . . . For it is impossible, utterly

impossible, for the man who prays eagerly and invokes God

ceaselessly ever to sin.

39

Those who pray are certainly saved; those who do not pray

are certainly damned.

40

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Prayer and

Christian life

are

inseparable,

for they concern the

same love and the same renunciation, proceeding from love; the same

filial and loving conformity with the Father’s plan of love; the same

transforming union in the Holy Spirit who conforms us more and

more to Christ Jesus; the same love for all men, the love with which

Jesus has loved us. “Whatever you ask the Father in my name, he

[will] give it to you. This I command you, to love one another.”

41

He “prays without ceasing” who unites prayer to works and

good works to prayer. Only in this way can we consider as

realizable the principle of praying without ceasing.

42

36 Cf.

Mt

28:20;

Lk

8:24.

37 St. John Chrysostom,

Ecloga de oratione 2:

PG 63, 585.

38 Cf.

Gal

5:16-25.

39 St. John Chrysostom,

De Anna

4, 5: PG 54, 666.

40 St. Alphonsus Liguori,

Del gran mezzo della preghiera.

41

Jn

15:16-17.

42 Origen,

De orat.

12: PG 11, 452C.

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