Monday, December 06, 2010

Prayers & Reflections for December 6

The Armor of God
Reflections and Prayers for Wartime

Chapter IV
Reflections on Prayer

Sometimes God answers prayers in a way different from which we ask.

St. Monica had a son who was very immoral and proud. For years she prayed to God for his conversion. Hearing that he planned on going to Italy she renewed her prayers to God that he might be prevented from doing so, for she feared evil companionship there. But her son sailed despite her prayers.

While in Milan he heard St. Ambrose preach and became a convert and one of the greatest Bishops of the Church: St. Augustine. His mother's particular petition was denied, but her general petition was granted.

Commenting on it afterwards St. Augustine said: "O God, Thou in the depth of Thy counsels, hearing the main point of her desire, regardest not what she then asked, that Thou mightest make me what she ever desired."...

[Continued tomorrow]
The Armor of God
Reflections and Prayers for Wartime

by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Fulton J. Sheen
(C) 1943, P.J. Kenedy & Sons

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