I’ve been conscious of how busy everyone is, or pretends to be. Excuses run rampant as to why one can’t do thus-and-such, or … or …. One person asked the perennial question: How do I maintain my relationship with God? Father Giussani asked a similar of question of members of Communion & Liberation. He answered by telling his questioner that to keep the Lord’s name on our lips and to recognize the way the Lord has looked at us He looked at Zacchaeus in the sycamore tree. Giussani also reminded us to be attentive to reality as God has given it to us and not as we want it to be. Maintaining one’s relationship with God alive is easy if you move in small but deliberate steps by following a long held custom of praying short prayers that re-focus our attention: Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us; Come Holy Spirit, come through Mary; Lord, Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner; O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee; Saint Catherine of Siena, pray for us; and so on. Short prayers such as these examples are remarkable keeping my mind and heart on target and away from sin. I have the practice of praying my own version of the Litany of Saints as I walk up and down the aisle when attending Mass or when I am making the Morning Offering.
“Because this Christ exists,” Father Luigi Giussani writes in his book on Charity, “there is no longer any man who doesn’t interest me.”
”The moment when we sense the mystery of God, or better, the mystery of Christ, as something pertinent to our own lives, as –in some way– for we cannot imagine the “how” of it-something useful and connected to life, is the gift of the Holy Spirit, it is grace.”
“There are many companionships. I don’t say, “Choose
one,” but follow the one that Christ has put you in, that Christ has had you
meet, the one that first struck you convincingly.”