“Sometimes when I find myself spiritually in dryness so great that I cannot produce a single good thought, I recite very slowly an Our Father or a Hail Mary. These prayers alone console me. They nourish my soul.”
-St. Therese of Lisieux
St. Therese of Lisieux reveals to us that she returned to vocal prayer when dryness attacked her time of prayer. What attitudes of heart and pious practice can I employ to make my vocal prayer effective and fervent, a suitable means of conversing with God when dryness affects my prayer time?
(For still another insight on overcoming dryness in prayer, see tomorrow’s Grace Line.)
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Worrying about an action that did not achieve its pure intention does not constitute humility. It is merely a clear sign that the soul did not place the perfection of an activity in the hands of divine assistance but rather trusted too much in its own strength.