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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wednesday of the Fifth week in Ordinary Time

Isaac the Syrian (7th century), monk near Mosul Spiritual Discourses, 1st series, no. 21Isaac the Syrian (7th century), monk near Mosul Spiritual Discourses, 1st series, no. 21

Wednesday of the Fifth week in Ordinary Time

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Isaac the Syrian (7th century), monk near Mosul Spiritual Discourses, 1st series, no. 21

“A clean heart create for me, O God” (Ps 51:12)

It is said that only God’s help saves. When a person knows that there is no other help, he prays a lot. And the more he prays, the more his heart becomes humble, for it is not possible to pray and make requests without being humble. “A heart contrite and humble, O God, you will not spurn.” (Ps 51:19) So long as the heart has not become humble, it is impossible for it to escape being scattered; humility gathers the heart together. 

When a person has become humble, compassion immediately surrounds him and his heart then feels God’s help. He discovers a strength rising up within him, the strength of trust. When a person thus feels God’s help, when he feels that God is there and that he comes to his aid, immediately his heart is filled with faith and he then understands that prayer is the source of our help, the source of salvation, the treasure of our trust, the port that has been freed of the storm, the light of those who are in darkness, the support of the weak, shelter in time of trial, help at the crisis point of illness, shield that saves in combat, arrow sent out against the enemy. In a word, a multitude of good enters into him by means of prayer. So from then on, he finds his delight in the prayer of faith. His heart glows with trust.

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