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The Saints Teach Us to Converse with God

The Saints Teach Us to Converse with God

Find inspiration and wisdom about conversing with God in prayer in this selection of quotations from the saints.

Pray with great confidence, based upon the goodness and infinite generosity of God and upon the promises of Jesus Christ. God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly into the hearts of those who pray. —St. Louis de Montfort

When you feel invited to remain in silence at our Lord’s feet like Magdalene, just looking at him with your heart, without saying anything, don’t cast about for any thoughts or reasonings, but just remain in loving adoration. —Blessed Columba Marmion

Prayer means a launching out of the heart towards God; it means lifting up one’s eyes, quite simply, to heaven, a cry of grateful love, from the crest of joy or the trough of despair; it’s a vast, supernatural force that opens out my heart and binds me close to Jesus. —St. Thérèse of Lisieux

I do not advise you to say many words in prayer, since long discourse is often an occasion for the mind to wander. In prayer, hold yourself before God like a poor mute man and a paralytic at the door of a rich man, and spend your time keeping your soul in the presence of the Lord. —Brother Lawrence

Every moment of prayer, especially before our Lord in the tabernacle, is a positive gain. The time we spend in having our daily audience with God is the most precious part of the whole day. —St. Teresa of Calcutta

Prayer is the most powerful weapon a Christian has. Prayer makes us effective. Prayer makes us happy. Prayer gives us all the strength we need to fulfill God’s commands. Yes, indeed, your whole life can and should be prayer. —St. Josemaría Escrivá

Learn to pray to God is such a way that you are trusting him as your Physician to do what he knows is best. Confess to him the disease, and let him choose the remedy. Then hold tight to love, for what he does will cut and sting you. —St. Augustine

Prayer is a secure anchor for those in peril of shipwreck; it is a treasury of immense wealth for those who are poor; it is the most effective medicine for those who are sick; and it is a sure preservative for those who want to keep themselves well. —St. Alphonsus Liguori

When we are linked by the power of prayer, we hold each other’s hand as we walk side by side along a slippery path; and thus by the generous disposition of charity, it happens that the harder each one leans on the other, the more firmly we are riveted together in brotherly love. —St. Gregory the Great

Cast away your troublesome cares, put aside your wearisome distractions. Give yourself a little leisure to converse with God, and take your rest awhile in him. Enter into the secret chamber of your heart; leave everything outside but God . . . and when you have shut the door, then truly seek him. —St. Anselm

Whatever our bodies may be doing, we should at the same time continually lift up our minds to God, which is the most acceptable form of prayer. For no matter which way we may turn our steps, as long as our minds are turned to God, we clearly are not turned away from him who is present everywhere. —St. Thomas More

Don’t let a day go by without praying a little! Prayer is a duty, but it is also a joy because it is a dialogue with God through Jesus Christ. —St. John Paul II

When we love we want to talk endlessly to the being we love, or at least look at him endlessly. This is what prayer is, familiar converse with our Beloved: We look at him, we tell him we love him, we rejoice at being at his feet, we tell him that this is where we want to live and die. —Blessed Charles de Foucauld

Prayer and faith united are unimaginably powerful. . . . Always pray with Jesus, remembering that a person united with Jesus can do everything. Keep this verse in mind: “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.” Have faith, pray with faith, and good and overflowing measure will be given you. —St. Frances Cabrini

Anyone who has not begun to pray, I beg, for love of the Lord, not to miss so great a blessing. There is no place here for fear, but only desire. —St. Teresa of Avila

Prayer is a treasure undiminished, a mine never exhausted, a sky unobstructed by clouds, a haven unruffled by storm . . . Prayer is the anchor of those tossed on the sea, the treasure of the poor, the cure of diseases, the safeguard of health. —St. John Chrysostom

The more you pray, the more you want to pray. . . . It’s like a fish that starts by swimming near the surface of the water, then plunges and goes on swimming deeper and deeper. The soul plunges, is swallowed up, and loses itself in the delights of conversation with God. —St. John Vianney

Read these and many more inspiring quotations from the saints—one for each day of the year—in Journey with the Saints, a stand-up calendar that can be used year after year. Available at wau.org/books

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