Surely, talking to yourself is a sign of a person who is crazy … even more so if you deny that you are talking to yourself but rather to someone who others cannot see. Now depending on the circumstances, it can be argued that if you want to have an intelligent conversation … you should talk to yourself, especially in today’s cultural climate. But are Catholics in all actuality talking with themselves or is there more to it.
Well to answer this I will actually touch on another matter, one of the defining arguments against the existence of God by Atheist’s, is that since he cannot be seen thus he cannot be. So let us look for the answer to this mystery by looking up to the stars. Have you ever looked up to the sky on a clear dark night and just stood in awe at the sheer uncountable quantity of stars in the cosmos. Well I surely have and it is one of the most effective ways I deflate my ego and self importance, for when you observe the heavens it becomes ever so clear just how small we really are.
So what about the stars in the cosmos you ask and what is the connection with prayer? Well, you see when we look up and see the stars, the sun being the closest star (149.6 million km distance from Earth), after the sun, the next nearest star is 4.3 light years away. A light year is the distance light travels in one year, one light year is 10 trillion kilometers and these are the closest to us, never mind the uncountable number of stars infinitely further away. Thus, what we are actually seeing is the light omitted from those stars travelling an unimaginable distance to our eyes. Now here is where it gets interesting, that by the time the light finally reaches our eyes, it is very possible that the very star that we are seeing is in all actuality, no longer there.
Yes, we all see and can confirm, Atheist and Theist alike, that we are collectively seeing daily something which in reality is not there. Sounds …. crazy, not really, life is amazing and despite humanities hunger for answers and knowledge, we can only scratch the surface of the mysteries of the Universe, the mystery that is God. To reflect on this I turn to a story from the life of Saint Thomas Aquinas Doctor of the Church who gave the Church the masterpiece Summa Theologiae.
On the feast of St. Nicholas [in 1273, Aquinas] was celebrating Mass when he received a revelation that so affected him that he wrote and dictated no more, leaving his great work the Summa Theologiae unfinished.
To Brother Reginald’s (his secretary and friend) expostulations he replied,
The end of my labors has come. All that I have written appears to be as so much straw after the things that have been revealed to me.
When later asked by Reginald to return to writing, Aquinas said,
I can write no more. I have seen things that make my writings like straw.
So if we can collectively see what is not there, then of course the opposite is true and we can believe what we cannot see. This is not a contradiction but rather a complimenting truth and for me is a divine wink from our Creator who in his infinite love is always with us if we only open our eyes to see. As the Gospel of John 20:29 says :
 Jesus saith to him: Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed.
So now lets talk about prayer, what makes more sense? That all of humanity from the earliest records prayed in the understanding of a higher power and they were correct or that they were all crazy, dumb and or ignorant and thanks be to “Nothing” for the enlightenment of Atheism to show history the truth.
So when it comes to prayer, pray daily and often, for remember that
We as Catholics have inherited the greatest gift, that of being members of the Church and given the truth, that so many of our forefathers have suffered and died for. Let us not be the generation in the history books that forfeited the faith because of an unkind word or uncomfortable look.
Life is meant to be a struggle, as testified by the countless lives of the Saints before us. One of my favorite stories is of Saint Theresa of Avila who as the story goes said as she was bucked off her horse into a river on the way to visit one of her monasteries :
Dear Lord, if this is how You treat Your friends, it is no wonder You have so few!
Of course she loved God but she was as we are human with all the emotions and shortcomings of our fallen nature, we must continue to carry our cross as our Lord did
 Then Jesus said to his disciples: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it.  For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul? (Mathew 16:24-26)
Let us collectively “brush that dirt off our shoulders” or as it was originally said by Christ
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