In order to take up our cross and follow Christ fully, we need tools for the journey. We call this journey the Holy Way! It is a conscious choice to take this path.
It requires us to take responsibility and commit to this amazing transformative path of love.
It is to immerse our whole being in the love of the Holy Trinity. It is to follow Christ and find the fullness of life. It brings blessings, dignity, hope and companionship, for it brings us face to face not only with suffering and struggle, but with God!
And God knows we need help for such a journey. He wants us to succeed. He wants us to live in his love. So he gives us many tools for different circumstances.
Let us explore the tools, then, that aid us in our spiritual life and lead us fruitfully on a path of love and creativity, aided by God and confident in our faith.
We have the tools of prayer, the armour of God, praise, banishing evil, the Word of God, contemplation, accepting the prayer of others, silence, tears, forgiveness, the Eucharist, faith, hope, love, trust.
These are the tools we will explore more deeply now.
The most powerful tool that God can give us, is the power of prayer, for it is the way that we can connect truly and immediately with God.
We can pray to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit or to the Trinity, the awesome Heart of Love. There are many prayers, both individual or for group worship, both formal and informal, spoken and silent. Some rely on the prayers and practices of others, others rely on their own direct connection and simply speak from their heart. No matter how you approach prayer, be confident and reassured: God hears them all.
What is so moving is the felt presence of God, when people pray in absolute trust and faith. Each word then glistens with the power of the Holy Spirit, new depth of insight, new visions of hope can be inspired.
When a person prays ardently and sincerely the Word of God shines out deepening its meaning, transcending the present moment, linking all in the hope beyond time that emanates from the truth of the Heart of Love.
The most wonderful, awesome presence of God links and unites all. Transformed in the silence, one single person praying in sincerity, touches the whole world. And nothing can be the same again.
We are reminded that all things are possible, nothing is set, there can be change, goodness, can, will and does flow.
When people then pray together, linked by the Heart of Love, we can trust with all certainty that this day is blessed and a path of love has opened to the whole world.