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
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.
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.
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.
Those who pray are certainly saved; those who do not pray
are certainly damned.
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.”
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.
37 St. John Chrysostom,
Ecloga de oratione 2:
PG 63, 585.
39 St. John Chrysostom,
4, 5: PG 54, 666.
40 St. Alphonsus Liguori,
Del gran mezzo della preghiera.
12: PG 11, 452C.