Yet one of the most essential conditions for God’s grace to act in our lives is saying yes to what we are and to the situations in which we find ourselves.
In the end, blessed hungers or holy longings will lead us to where God wants us to be. Daily prayer, facing our fears, and being honest about our own habits of thinking and acting are fundamental in approaching life decisions. When they’re rooted in a personal assurance of God’s loving embrace, they can lead to life choices that reflect God’s will in our lives.
~ Fr. Dan Lackie, OFM, via “Guidelines for Discerning Your Vocation” | Be A Franciscan
Many of us, myself included, seem to think we know what we need but the fact of the matter is, we might not know what we really need, or when something should happen. We must have faith that Jesus has the right answers and the right timing. As scary as it is, we need to trust that our loving God will take care of us, because He knows what’s best for us. As the song lyric goes, some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.
“I am not in control.”
Granted, God gave me dignity, free will and an understanding of the value of self-discipline to achieve certain ends. But, repeatedly, I credit myself too much, rely on myself too much, and aimlessly follow myself too much when I should me more aware that my God is present, active and infinitely invested in my life. How do I miss Him? Perhaps if I were simply a little more quiet, a little more content and a little more humble, I would hear the inner voice, understand the call, feel the glorious draw of the fishing line and once again find the Golden Thread. Perhaps. Yes. Perhaps that’s what I will do. May God help me.
~ Tod Worner, “God’s Call: Of Golden Strings & Fisherman’s Lines”
Grace is a gift of God; but as a general rule it is given only to him who asks for it by fervent and constant prayer, who makes a good use of it, and who corresponds with it promptly and faithfully.
~ St. Leonard of Port Maurice, OFM
The world isn’t a forest of measuring sticks. The world is a forest of burning bushes. Everything isn’t a marker to make you feel behind or ahead; everything is a flame to make you see GOD is here. That God is working through this person’s life, that God is redeeming that person’s life, that God is igniting this work, that God is present here in this mess, that God is using even this.
~ Ann Voskamp via A Holy Experience
Neutrality will not work in this journey. A person must deeply desire union with the divine. This desire will manifest itself in deep and constant prayer. Prayer, for its part, will help open the human person to be receptive to the utterly free grace of God. And without the aid of divine grace, the mystical journey cannot be carried out successfully.
~ Zachary Hayes OFM, Bonaventure: Mystical Writings
In the school of the Eucharist, Jesus trains our eyes how to recognize him not only “in the breaking of the bread,” but also in our daily lives, so that we don’t miss the Lord interacting with us and speaking to us.
My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?
~C.S. Lewis via Little Portion Hermitage
Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”
When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.