YOU can be a rock star … Tuesday, September 3

An angel comforting Jesus before his arrest in...

An angel comforting Jesus before his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane.

A Rosary Meditation … The First Sorrowful Mystery, the Agony in the Garden. ‘Without prayer we have neither light nor strength to advance in the way which leads to God.’ ~ St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori. This statement, true as it is, was obviously a comment directed at our prayers, yours and mine. But it’s very applicable to Christ praying in the Garden, isn’t it? Where would we be, regardless our own prayers, without His then and there? After all, we walk by His Light and it is from Him that we receive our strength. Without these there is no advancement. And have you ever noticed that in the world prayer is not required in order to advance. Note that I said “in the world”. You can become president and never once pray about it. Campaign funds, a friendly media, the ability to make a good speech, charisma, these things alone can make a place for a person in the world. God doesn’t pay a lot of attention to these things. He does however see blood, sweat, and tears. Long before the rock group ever came into being these things, coupled with prayer, made saintly rock stars. And they still will.

Today … There several saints listed on the calendar for today. They are all good examples. They all followed Jesus. They all prayed. They still do. Let us follow them as they follow Christ.

Prayer … It isn’t for cowards.