Post by Eric Gajewski on May 11, 2018 16:19:16 GMT
TRADCATKNIGHT: Prayer by the Priests of the Congregation of St. Paul, 1893
"Hitherto you have not asked anything in my name. Ask and you shall receive."--St. John xvi. 24. Our Lord does not mean by these words that His disciples had never prayed, because otherwise they would never have become followers of Him. No man could come to Jesus unless the Father should draw him, and God always makes His graces dependent on prayer. Hence they must have prayed for the graces already received. When St. Paul was announced to be a convert to the true faith, it was said as evidence of his conversion, ''Behold he prayeth." A man who does not pray cannot receive nor retain the grace of God, because prayer is of obligation and necessary to the friendship of God.