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Chapter 8

“God is with Us”


Prayer is an aspiration of the heart,
it is a simple glance directed to heaven,
it is something great, supernatural,
which expands my soul
and unites me to Jesus.
—St. Therese of Lisieux



“‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a son, and they shall call his name ‘Emmanuel,’ which means, ‘God is with us.’” (Matt. 1:23)  “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.” (Luke 1:28—first part of the “Angelic Salutation”)  Pray short prayers during the day when you are able to break away, and during the night when you awake.  For instance, “Thank You, Jesus.”  “Praise You, Lord.”  “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.”  “Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.”  “Please help me to do Your will, O God.”  “Come, Holy Spirit, Come.”  Simple and direct is best.  Pierce through the heavens into the heart of God with a spiritual arrow of love like the ones above and God will respond to you in the depths of your soul.  You will know that God is with you, Emmanuel.  Where does all the worry go when you know that God truly does love you more than anyone can, more than you can understand?  He will take care of you one way or another if you trust Him and do not give in to doubts or fears.  His providence is perfect.  His love is secure.  God will never abandon you or leave you.  He will always see you through.  Even when you do not “feel” Him or “see” Him, God is there in the depths of your soul and in the circumstances of Divine Providence, more than you know.  He will take care of you in hard times and in easy times, in dark times and in light times, in sickness and in health, in poverty or wealth, but only if you let go of control and let Him lead you.  God loves you the way you are.  He will free you, in His time and in His way.  Just obey those in authority over you as well as the push and pull of the Holy Spirit within you, and when in doubt, follow the former rather than the latter, unless it is sin or leads you into temptation.


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