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He would withdraw to deserted places and pray... (Luke 5:16)
"In prayer you become one with the source of our true light, Jesus himself." --Pope John Paul II, St. Louis, Missouri
Jesus often went off to pray as we read throughout the Gospel stories in the Bible. Why? It is in prayer that we are alone with God, in conversation with God. In prayer we can quiet ourselves enough to listen to God and in listening and believing we become one with God.
Every night this week take twenty minutes before you go to bed to spend time in prayer. First, just quiet yourself. Then open your Bible to any page and let your eyes fall on a section. Read that section slowly. Now, just be quiet and reflect on what you read and listen to what you hear in your heart. Stay quiet and listening for at least 10 minutes.
Jesus, be with me when I pray to your Father as you did. Help me to be still and listen to what God has to say to me today. Amen.
In 1956, Pope John Paul II was appointed Chair of Ethics at the Catholic University of Lublin.
My Dear Young Friends: Pope John Paul II Speaks to Youth on Life, Love, and Courage
Copyright © 2002 -- Reprinted with permission of the editor, John M. Vitek.
My Dear Young Friends, a collection of fifty-two weekly reflections on living in the Spirit, invites young people to read and act on Pope John Paul II's inspiring addresses to young people gathered at annual World Youth Day celebrations. Please visit www.smp.org for more information from the publisher, Saint Mary's Press.