Ten Rules of Life - part 3
3. I will hold firmly to one secret: prayer.
There are times when we cannot find the “right” words or “right” prayer to present to God our difficulties, challenges or feelings. It is like wanting to talk to someone in a different language without knowing the correct vocabulary or grammar. This brings much anxiety and confusion to our lives. However, we need to remember that sometimes praying to God is an act of “Abandonment to the Divine Providence,” as Jean-Pierre De Caussade said. Venerable Văn Thuận wrote: “At times, when my strength failed and I could not even recite my prayers, I repeated: Jesus, here Francis. Consolation came and I knew that Jesus was replying: Francis, here Jesus.” To be aware that God is always walking with us is the beginning of all prayer.
Venerable Văn Thuận teaches us that in the hardships of life our strength comes from the Lord. We dispose ourselves and talk to God through prayer, even if it is “just checking in” with Him. “Prayer is being with someone, with Jesus.” Put yourself in God’s presence and repeat: “Jesus, here is your son/daughter,” and without a doubt you will not feel alone because you will know for sure that God will reply to you: “Son/daughter, here is Jesus.”
4. I will see in the Holy Eucharist my only power.
The Venerable Văn Thuận said, “Each day, three drops of wine, a drop of water in the palm of my hand. I celebrated my Mass.” This is one of the greatest witness of the Eucharist. Because of the circumstances, Venerable Văn Thuận celebrated, in this way, the most powerful, beautiful, extraordinary, and comforting sacrifice: The Holy Eucharist Celebration. I cannot emphasize this enough: our faith, our life, our whole being flows out from the Body and Blood of Our Lord in the Eucharistic celebration. "I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). The Venerable Văn Thuận found that through the presence of Our Lord “the darkness of the prison turned into light, the seed germinated silently in the storm.”
We are blessed; indeed, we are. We have the great opportunity to nourish our soul with our Lord Jesus Christ EVERY Sunday, EVERY day! The pillar that has sustained the Church for centuries is the Mass. Our Lord brings us all together to himself. The Venerable Văn Thuận was so on point when he wrote: “The strength of the love of Jesus is irresistible.” Give yourself the opportunity to encounter God’s Love in each Eucharistic celebration. Come to Mass. Bu, truly come: participate, sing, respond, be engaged in the celebration. “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (psalm 34:9).