St Clare of Assisi

Friday, April 27, 2012

I Praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth ....

"I praise you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, and revealed them to the little children."  Luke 10, 21

But what does "being little" and simple mean? What is the "littleness" that open man to filial intimacy with God so as to receive His will? What must the fundamental attitude of our prayer be? Let us look at the "sermon on the mount", in which Jesus says: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Mt 5, 8). It is purity of heart that permits us to recognize the face of God in Jesus Christ; it is having a simple heart like the heart of a child, free from the presumption of those who withdraw into themselves, thinking they have no need of anyone, not even God.

In Matthew's Gospel, following the Cry of Exultation, we find one of Jesus' most heartfelt appeals: "Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Mt 11, 28). Jesus asks us to go to Him, for He is true Wisdom, to Him who is "gentle and lowly in heart". He offers us "His yoke", the way of the wisdom of the Gospel which is neither a doctrine to be learned nor an ethical system but rather a Person to follow: He himself, the Only Begotten Son in perfect communion with the Father.

Pope Benedict XVI - General Audience, Wednesday, 07 December 2011  
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Lord, we ask you to give us the grace to open our hearts to You and to our neighbour that we may experience the beauty of Your love like little children. Fill our hearts with your Holy Spirit that with Jesus we too may call you "Abba". We ask this with the intercession of our Mother Mary and St. Joseph, whose pure hearts were always open to receive You and accept Your Divine Will.  Amen

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