Tag Archive | Time for God

The Times When Saint Therese of Lisieux Would Fall Asleep While Praying

The first principle is simple but extremely important. What matters in mental prayer is not so much what we do, as what God does in us. + [St. Therese of Lisieux] had a problem in her mental prayer: she used to fall asleep! … But she wasn’t overly upset by this weakness: I think how […]

How to Accomplish Greater Good With Less Effort

I read the following quote in the book Time for God by Fr. Jacques Philippe (Chapter 1: Part 7) “Let those who are fully taken up with activity, who imagine they can move the world by their preaching and their other external works, reflect here for a moment; they will easily understand that they would […]

The Sacraments Will Only Have a Limited Effect Without…

Mass is in itself more important than mental prayer. This is true, but without a life of prayer even the sacraments will have only a limited effect. Yes, they will give us grace, but that grace will remain unfruitful in part because the “good soil” it needs is missing. Why, for instance, are so many […]

To Aim First for Prayer That Is Persevering and Faithful

The passages below are from the book Time for God by Fr. Jacques Philippe. Someone who sets out on a life of prayer should aim in the first place at fidelity. What matters not is whether our mental prayer is beautiful, or whether it works, or whether it is enriched by deep thoughts and feelings, […]