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Consistent and persistent prayer

The goal of prayer is God and union with him the aim of everyone who wants to pray well. Seeking again is to be not in the material sense of the word.

Consistent and persistent prayer

By Fr. Robert D’Souza
Asking, seeking and knocking are the three activities which must be taken in a spiritual of these words. In prayer sometimes we ask for material things and benefits but that is not the aim of prayer.

The goal of prayer is God and union with him the aim of everyone who wants to pray well. Seeking again is to be not in the material sense of the word.

The poor widow was seeking spiritual joy for which she put in the collection box the last penny that she had in her wallet.

Knocking at the door of wealth, fame, success and power only opens the way for doom, destruction, frustration and disappointment, because 'our hearts are made for God and they will never rest unless they rest in God,' said St. Augustine long ago.

Do I ask for spiritual benefits in my prayer? Am I seeking love joy and peace of the Holy Spirit? Am I knocking at the right door? What do I want in my life?

(A prolific writer Fr. Dr. Robert Baptist D’souza has been a perspicacious translator for years including the translation of the voluminous Catechism of the Catholic Church. He translated the 16 sticker books of the Living in Faith to Marathi and is busy translating the Bible into the same language. He belongs to the diocese of Vasai and is the director of the pastoral centre.)

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