Father Alex Yeung, LC
"Ask and it will
be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you. For
everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks,
finds; and to the one who knocks, the door
will be opened. Which one of you would hand his
son a stone when he asks for a loaf
of bread, or a snake when he asks for a
fish? If you then, who are wicked, know how
to give good gifts to your children, how much more
will your heavenly Father give good things to those
who ask him. Do to others whatever you would
have them do to you. This is the law and
Introductory Prayer: Heavenly Father, I take
these moments to adore you and to enter into your
loving presence. I dare to tell you I believe
in you, although you know how weak my faith is.
You are the reason for all my hope in
life. Lord, I count on you as I strive to
love you more totally and to attain the holiness
of life to which you have called me. Amen.
Petition: Lord, teach me how to pray.
Shortcut to Holiness: As Blessed Pope John Paul II
reminds us, “The royal and indispensable wayto advance on the
path of holiness is prayer:being with the Lord, we become
friends of the Lord, his attitude gradually becomes our
attitude and his heart our heart” (Address to the Priests
of the Diocese of Rome, March 6, 2003). Again
we are confronted with that fundamental principle of our
sanctification: “He must increase, and I must decrease” (Cf.
John 3:30). Christ must become more and more in us.
That’s what genuine prayer accomplishes, if that prayer consists
of a one-on-one conversation with the Savior that engages
heart, mind and will. Could it be the case that
I am seeking holiness without having firmly decided to
anchor each day, indeed my entire life, in prayer?
Trust Like Little Children: Why is it that the
prospect of our personal holiness seems so outlandish to us?
Why are we so inwardly reluctant to believe that
God, the almighty, the all-powerful, who created us from
nothing, can also sanctify us? Maybe the part that discourages
us is our unwillingness to jump headlong into that
part of our sanctification that depends on us. But
even here, Christ urges us to pray with confidence: “If
you then, who are evil, know how to give
good gifts to your children, how much more will
your Father in heaven give good things to those who
ask him!” (Matthew 7:11). Is it too much to
believe and trust that God will strengthen our will
in the pursuit of holiness? Will his grace fail us
if we ask for holiness with complete trust and
3. What a Combination! Prayer, holiness and apostolic
fruitfulness are intrinsically linked. If we, as lay apostles,
wish to see fruit in all our apostolic endeavors,
we know it will depend in large part on our
degree of holiness: our degree of real union with
God, the degree to which his divine life flows
through us. That divine life, given to us in baptism
and increased through our sacramental life, can be enhanced
every day in personal prayer where our thirst for
God is not quenched, but rather greatly increased. We should
pray always, so that prayer will be the secret
of our holiness and apostolic fruitfulness.
Prayer continues to
be the greatest power on earth. It must be
at the very center of our quest for holiness.
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, thank you for this
time of prayer. Thank you for teaching me interiorly, little
by little every day, how to pray more perfectly.
For the sake of those men and women, my
brothers and sisters, whose own salvation is somehow mysteriously linked
to my life and to my fidelity to you,
give me holiness! Amen.
Resolution: I will renew
my determination to make a daily prayer time, and
make sure that this becomes, or continues to be,
a part of my daily routine.