Get plenty of exercise. Prayer is an exercise … Friday, August 16

"Praying Hands" (study for an Apostl...

Here is a picture of a simple exercise done with the hands. It provides body and soul with a great workout.

A Rosary Meditation … The First Sorrowful Mystery, the Agony in the Garden. “It is true that God‘s power triumphs over everything, but humble and suffering prayer prevails over God Himself. ~ St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina.

Prayer, it can be a struggle. It is always a source of power.

“After you have made a decision that is pleasing to God, the Devil may try to make you have second thoughts. Intensify your prayer time, meditation, and good deeds. For if Satan’s temptations merely cause you to increase your efforts to grow in holiness, he’ll have an incentive to eave you alone.” ~ St. Ignatius of Loyola.

“You don’t know how to pray? Put yourself in the presence of God, and as soon as you have said, ‘Lord, I don’t know how to pray!’ you can be sure you have already begun.” ~ St. Josemaria Escriva.

“Prayer is powerful beyond limits when we turn to the Immaculata who is queen even of God’s heart.” ~ St. Maximillian Kolbe.

Today …

St. Roch

Sources say he was probably born at Montpellier, France, son of the governor there. He was orphaned when he was twenty. He went on pilgrimage to Rome and devoted himself to caring for the victims of a plague that was ravaging Italy. He became a victim himself at Piacenza but recovered and was reputed to have performed many miracles of healing. On his return to Montpellier, he was imprisoned for five years as a spy in pilgrim’s disguise when his uncle, who was governor, ordered him imprisoned (His uncle failed to recognize him, and Roch failed to identify himself.) Roch died in prison and was only then identified as the former governor’s son by a birthmark in the form of a cross on his chest. Another biographer says that he was arrested as a spy at Angers, Lombardi, and died in prison there. When miracles were reported at his intercession after his death, a popular cult developed and he is invoked against pestilence and plague. He is also the patron of invalids. He is known as Rocco in Italy and Roque in Spain.

Remember … You’ll never realize the power of electricity if you don’t flip the switch. You’ll never know the power of prayer without dropping to your knees.