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Lord, teach us to pray

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In the passage from May 3, 1916, Jesus teaches us how to pray. While Luisa was praying, Jesus approached her and said:

“My daughter, pray, but pray as I pray – that is, pour all of yourself into my Will, and in It you will find God and all creatures; and making all things of creatures your own, you will give them to God as if all were one single creature, because the Divine Volition is the owner of all. Then you will place at the feet of the Divinity the good acts in order to give honor to It, and the bad ones in order to repair for them through the sanctity, power and immensity of the Divine Will, from which nothing can escape”.

This was the life of Jesus’ Humanity upon earth. As holy as It was, Jesus needed the Divine Volition in order to give complete satisfaction to the Father, and to redeem the human generations. In fact, only in the Divine Volition Jesus could find all generations, past, present and future, and all of their acts, thoughts, words, as though in act.

And in the Holy Will, letting nothing escape Him, Jesus took all thoughts into His mind, and for each of them in particular He brought Himself before the Supreme Majesty, and He repaired for them. And in this same Will, Jesus descended into each mind of creature, giving them the good which He had impetrated for their intelligences. In His gazes Jesus took the eyes of all creatures, their words in His voice, their movements in His movements, their works in His hands, their affections and desires in His Heart, their feet in His steps; and making them His own, in this Divine Volition Jesus’ Humanity satisfied the Father, and I placed the poor creatures in safety.

In these acts Jesus found perfect sanctity, unreachable and enrapturing beauty, highest love, immense and eternal acts, invincible power. This was the whole life of Jesus’ Humanity upon earth, from the first instant of His conception up to His last breath, to continue it in Heaven and in the Most Holy Sacrament.

Also in this same passage Jesus expressed the desire that those who make life in the Divine Will also pray as He does.

Why can you not do this as well? He said to Luisa.

For one who loves God everything is possible. In the Divine Will, we can take and bring the thoughts of all before the Divine Majesty within our thoughts; the gazes of all in our eyes; in our words, movements, affections and desires, those of our brothers, in order to repair for them and impetrate for them light, grace and love. In the Divine Will we will find ourselves in Jesus and in all, we will live Jesus’ life, we will pray with Him.

Those words remind us of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The sacred humanity of Jesus is the way by which the Holy Spirit teaches us to pray to God our Father." (no. 2664).

In the general audience of 2 June 2021, Pope Francis also shows us how Jesus is the model and soul of all prayer. He took as an example the episode of Jesus' transfiguration: " As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning." (Lk. 9:29) The Pope highlighted that " this anticipated manifestation of the glory of Jesus took place in prayer, while the Son was immersed in communion with the Father and fully consented to his will of love, to his plan of salvation. And out of that prayer came a clear word for the three disciples involved: “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him” (Lk 9:35). From prayer comes the invitation to listen to Jesus, always from prayer."

Pope Francis teaches us that even if our prayers were only stuttering, if they were compromised by a wavering faith, we must never cease to trust in God… “Supported by Jesus’ prayer, our timid prayers rest on eagle wings and soar up to Heaven. In the moment of trial, in the moment of sin, even in that moment, Jesus is praying for me with so much love”.

Again in the audience of March 3, 2021, the Holy Father shows us that Jesus is the only source of communion with the Trinity:

“It is Jesus who opened up Heaven to us and projected us into a relationship with God. It was he who did this: he opened up to us this relationship with the Triune God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This is what the Apostle John says at the conclusion of the prologue of his Gospel: “No one has ever seen God: the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known” (Jn 1:18). Jesus revealed the identity to us, this identity of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We really did not know how to pray: what words, what feelings and what language were appropriate for God.

Jesus is the door that opens us to this dialogue with God”.


Angela Iurillo
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