For years … we have been sinking forward into a thoroughly modern chaos, a scholarly and documented chaos, worthy of our most Liberal and Progressive thinkers … our universities … have hacked away at the twin foundations of their own house.  Like men gone mad with pride they recklessly attacked Christianity and Hellenism.

Rev. Robert I. Gannon, S.J.

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Fr. Gannon, the former President of Fordham University, spoke these words in 1941.

We have only, it seems, continued “sinking forward,” with but brief periods of pause. What does one do in this modern, “scholarly and documented chaos?”

Pray.  Yes, pray. Pray daily as a habit.

You ask, “Why?”

Because we have shown rather conclusively that we are not God, not perfect, not self-sufficient and we have worked ourselves into a sorry and destructive state of being the likes of which requires God attend to us.

Prayer is our avenue for return to God, for our rescue from what we have brought upon ourselves.

Prayer acknowledges a relationship between you and God.  It acknowledges that our will must yield to God’s will.  It reduces us to the proper size.  It humbles us and exalts Our Creator … and this humility is critical to our restoration and peace.

In prayer our soul is elevated to God.  It is our love of God that is established in our prayer life.  It is the vehicle which honors God and seeks that we might grow in grace and in His perfection.

In prayer we take instant leave of the things of this world in favor of what is Perfect, Timeless, Forever.

Prayer is our unique privilege.

In prayer we are distinct from all that God has created for only the human being possesses the intellect and facility to grasp the idea of God, to experience a personal, intimate relationship with God.

Only the human person can come to love God and to realize he or she is loved by God.

In prayer we give thanks for God, Our Benefactor – and it is “right and just” that we do so.

In prayer we come to realize that we have used the Divine gifts of this life poorly, often in ways that offend and even deny the Gift Giver.  In prayer there is a recognition that we must seek forgiveness.  In prayer, we see, and feel and confess our misdeeds and know real sorrow – and come to see that our trials are ripe with opportunity to learn, repair and draw closer to Our Loving Father.

Yes, in prayer our misdeeds raise up the Victim of Golgotha and brings us closer to Him.

God alone can explicate us from the chaos we have wrought upon ourselves.  It is time to pray.

Shalom.

Question of the Day: Does anyone really believe that Mrs. Clinton’s 30,000 deleted emails were all about yoga classes and wedding arrangements?

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