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"The Devil has no knees"

Sunday, April 10, 2005
I have linked above to a excellent article written by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix which deals with posture during Sacred Liturgy. I think it can also be applied to our prayer time at home and in private. I remember writting in my journal a year or so ago that it is on our knees that we find God. Sometimes we end up on our knees in prayer because of personal suffering and hardships and sometimes out of adoration and love. Either way- I think- it is only when we humble ourselves to a God who created us and knows us through and through that we can really see Him. I like to meditate on the last few hours of Our Lord's life and especially on his time on the Cross. I try to place myself there at the scene in different roles of the people there. I think especially about this during the Great Hour of Mercy, 3pm, and try to imagine myself kneeling before Him as the soldier stuck the spear into his Heart. The Blood and Water which flowed forth from His side flows over me. Sometimes I even, in my mind's eye imagine all those I know also kneeling there at the foot of the cross with me and I offer to Him all of them. We have to take time to stop in our day and quietly in private stop and kneel and humble ourselves enough so that He can begin to work within us. At the end of our life or at the end of our day let God not say to us "You have no knees...You did not pray to me".
Omnia Pro Jesu Per Mariam!!

"The proud person is like a grain of wheat thrown into water: it swells, it gets big. Expose that grain to the fire: it dries up, it burns. The humble soul is like a grain of wheat thrown into the earth: it descends, it hides itself, it disappears, it dies; but to revive in heaven. "
Bl Mary of Jesus Crucified "The Little Arab"
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