Pieta Prayer Book
(a classic) Many
find this the most powerful little compilation of prayers they own. There are
the fifteen prayers as revealed to St. Bridget. There is an ancient prayer to
the Virgin. There are beautiful prayers to Jesus. There is a prayer to the
Eternal Father to obtain all the graces of the world's Masses. There is a novena
to the Sacred Heart. There is Divine Mercy, prayer for priests. CLICK HERE
LENT IS THE TIME TO GO TO YOUR 'SECRET PLACE' AND SHED THE PRETENSES OF A PASSING WORLD
It's Lent. Do you have your private chamber?
Jesus said to.
It's in Matthew 6:1.
There the Lord told us that "when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret."
That was the reading on Ash Wednesday -- Lent's very beginning.
He had His secret place. It was in the desert. There, He prepared for His mission. He prepared to save the world. A secret place is where we are alone with God.
It's where we connect.
It's where we feel Him.
There's no disturbance from outside.
The soul finds rest.
In rest is nurture.
It could be a physical place. It could be a devotion. It could be a prayer.
We can imagine a secret place as like the grotto at Lourdes, or the vault that holds the Shroud, or the most precious Adoration chapel.
It is where we sacrifice without others knowing it.
It is the place where we feel most humble, most charitable, deepest love.
The wounds of the world are healed.
There is no jealousy.
It's where you can hear your heart beat.
It is where you can halt worst thoughts.
It is where you find your angel.
It is best visited in morning hours. Or in the midst of night.
By day it is entered through the Stations of the Cross.
It could be the tiny curtained room at Calvary that houses the Tomb.
It could be a spot on a mountain.
It is where the devil can not touch us.
It is beyond the cares of pretension.
The gold in it comes from goodness.
The silver is purity of intention.
It does not need to be a physical place.
It should go where you do.
It is called your "inner chambers."
It is the true you. It is the "you" before the layers of the world were applied (like cosmetics). It is where we have no role to play -- but for adoration.
This Lent, go to yours, or build one.
Make it cozy. Make it holy. A holy of holies. Make it splendid.
Make it the basement of the church at Bethlehem.
Make it a splendid tabernacle.
In it, find your mission. Find who you really are.
And this Lent, cast off the final vestiges of the world.
[resources: The God of Miracles and Lenten books]
[A universal Lenten prayer (attributed to Pope Clement XI):
Lord, I believe in you:
increase my faith.
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