|"Ask, and you will receive. Seek, and you
will find. Knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7)
The object of our prayer-life is to empty ourselves and be filled with the Trinity. The
first thing Jesus did when He became Man was to empty Himself.
"His state was Divine, yet He did not cling to His equality with God, but emptied
Himself to assume the condition of a slave and become as men are; and as all men are, He
was humbler yet." (Phil. 2:6,7)
Our mission in life, then, is to cooperate with God's Grace and empty ourselves and be
filled with the Trinity.
We are not to seek detachment to be free of responsibility, but to enable us to love both
God and man with a pure love.
We are not to withdraw from the world to be alone, but to be with God.
We are to do penance, not because it erases our guilt, but because it wipes away the
traces of sin.
We are to empty ourselves, not for the sake of self-control, but to be filled with God-
transformed into Jesus.
There is no definite method by which we can become selfless. Each one of us has a
particular virtue and faults that make the process of becoming like Jesus different. We
must look at Jesus, read His Word in Scripture and ask His Spirit to enlighten our minds
and give us that particular way by which we can best attain the goal He has set for us
.... Mother Angelica
Q: Why is giving up something for Lent such a salutary custom?
A: By denying ourselves something we enjoy, we discipline our wills so that we are not
slaves to our pleasures. Just as indulging the pleasure of eating leads to physical
flabbiness and, if this is great enough, an inability to perform in physically demanding
situations, indulging in pleasure in general leads to spiritual flabbiness and, if this is
great enough, an inability to perform in spiritually demanding situations, when the
demands of morality require us to sacrifice something pleasurable (such as sex before
marriage or not within the confines of marriage) or endure hardship (such as being scorned
or persecuted for the faith). By disciplining the will to refuse pleasures when they are
not sinful, a habit is developed which allows the will to refuse pleasures when they are
sinful. There are few better ways to keep one's priorities straight than by periodically
denying ourselves things of lesser priority to show us that they are not necessary and
focus our attention on what is necessary.
Pray a rosary for the conversion of all who are far from the Lord.
Lord, look upon us and hear our prayer. By the good works You inspire, help us
to discipline our bodies and to be renewed in spirit. Amen.