We Are Not Alone
Valerie teaches small children. I was very
amused recently, when on the phone, she told
"Kids can be charming sometimes!
will never guess what one of the kids
me this morning! I asked him, 'What
you do if the devil knocked at the
your heart?' And this tiny little six
old boy answered, 'If the devil comes
at the door of my heart, I will send
to open the door Himself for me.'"
I do not know who this little boy is,
if I ever meet him, I will certainly
him a big big hug, because this little
has grasped the ultimate secret. When
becomes tough we have a choice. Either
marshal our own resources as if the
all depends on us or we can see the
as an exciting arena in which God will
The choice we make can ... build or
He was a medic in one of the best hospitals
in the States. He confessed to me that he
started again praying in his life because
of a little girl. They were about to operate
on her when the anesthesiologist said, "Therese-Ann,
now we are going to cure you, but first we
will put you to sleep. Don't be afraid."
"Am I going to sleep?" asked
little girl. And without giving anyone
chance to stop her, she got off the
bed, knelt down, and began to pray.
"Mummy always tells me to kneel
to say my prayers before I go to sleep."
Only God knows how often we have wished
say a word to someone and have found
We would have liked to share our emotions
and feelings with an ear which listens
a heart which cares, but there was
But this is NOT really so. He is there....He
is always there, ready to listen, to
compassion, to comfort us.
A family was going through hard times.
father had died, they were in debt,
day the only thing the mother could
her son Joseph to eat was a dry piece
bread. In the evening, the mother prayed
with Joseph. "Let us say the Our
she said. When they came to "give
this day our daily bread" the
looked at his mother, and asked if
add something to the prayer. "Add
you like," she replied. So the
"Give us this day our daily bread,
please add on some peanut butter ...."
This is real prayer.
We are not alone in the problems of
If only we remember this!
"Yes indeed, O soul most beautiful among
all creatures - who wishes so much to know
the place where your beloved is hidden -
to seek him and embrace him - now I am telling
you that you yourself are the abode where
he dwells, and the inner room where he is
hidden... What more do you want, oh soul?
And why do you seek outside of you, when
within you lies your riches, your joy, your
satisfaction, your fulfillment, your kingdom
- which is your Beloved whom your soul is
seeking and longing for! "(Saint John
of The Cross in The Spiritual Canticle )
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