Psalm 24: “Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?”

From A Catechism on Prayer by St. John Mary Vianney (1786-1859):

.…Prayer is nothing else than union with God. When the heart is pure and united with God, it is consoled and filled with sweetness; it is dazzled by marvelous light. In this intimate union, God and the soul are like two pieces of wax molded into one; they cannot anymore be separated. It is a wonderful thing, this union of God with his insignificant creature, a happiness passing all understanding…how often do we come to church without thinking what we are going to do or for what we are going to ask. And yet, when we go to visit someone, we have no difficulty remembering why it was we came. Some appear as they were about to say to God: “I am just going to say a couple of words, so I can get away quickly.” I often think, when we come to adore our Lord, we would get all we asked if we asked for it with a lively faith and a pure heart…


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