Thank you JohnJFarren for your wisdom, insight and wise words. Maybe here is my stupid and correctable logic: Perhaps Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Avis Maris Stella, Litany of Humility, consecration, and hopes to add Liturgy of the Hours (official prayer life of the Church) are tiny when one looks at St. Padre Pio, who said, “The Rosary is The WEAPON”, and as many as 90 rosaries a day in a special form for which he received ecclesiastical permission. Father Thomas Euteneur, President of Human Life International, cites this in The Rosary Batters the Gates of Hell hli.org/sl_2008-10-03.html
Maybe a Rosary is 15 minutes for one mystery and Divine Mercy chaplet, Avis Maris Stella and Litany of Humility are 15 minutes total, and renewal of consecration may be 1-2 min. Maybe to love God with “All our mind, heart, and soul,” it might be ok to devote as much time to God as to check the news and perhaps much more since God is everything. Perhaps one might be especially devoted to the Rosary since Fatima and Kibeho apparitions preached the daily Rosary and Chaplet of Seven Sorrows, and also said that the Holocaust and Rwandan genocide could have been prevented if people prayed more, repented, and converted. In Secret of the Rosary, montfort.org.uk/Writings/Rosary.html St. Louis Mary de Montfort recommends saying the full Rosary, 3 mysteries daily, did himself, convinced many to do so, and was greatly saddened if devotion ran cold.
Maybe prayer is wonderful for other reasons as well. While still at university, a group of students met to pray the Rosary together every night, almost an hour of time due to socialization + Rosary and many of them also went to daily mass on campus. The only quarter that I did this almost nightly, my grades were straight A’s and my social life was full. Perhaps unrelated, maybe not - at the same time I stopped attending, my extreme trouble in school started, almost had my graduation delayed, and much more problems with friends.
“The one who prays a lot saves himself. The one who prays little is in danger. The one who does not pray loses his soul.” St. Padre Pio
You are very right that we should seek the God of consolations and not the consolations of God. You are also very blessed and loved by God to be at a level where you can pray to Jesus for all those reasons and desire no consolations. Maybe I am just weak in faith and so that is why Jesus sent them to me! :o
Perhaps one would not have to worry about me and suffering, as I am not at the spiritual level where I seek suffering. Yet, sometimes I wish I was at that level to imitate the saints. My priest told me that St. Francis of Assisi and St. Padre Pio received stigmata because they prayed for it at the foot of the Cross. St. John of the Cross, one of the 33 Doctors of the Catholic Church, wanted to suffer in life, “May I suffer and be despised for Thy sake.” sspx.org/Third_Order/Sursum_Corda/january_february_2002.htm St. Louis Mary de Montfort loved nothing more than suffering. thesacredheart.com/sts/montfor.htm St. Teresa de Avila wrote in The Way of Perfection
Chapter. 38 For, as I said a little way back, perfect souls are in no way repelled by trials, but rather desire them and pray for them and love them. They are like soldiers: the more wars there are, the better they are pleased, because they hope to emerge from them with the greater riches. If there are no wars, they serve for their pay, but they know they will not get very war with that. clerus.org/bibliaclerusonline/en/ctc.htm
St. Francis of Assisi sought to imitate Christ crucified throughout his life. “Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier on service gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to satisfy the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will grant you understanding in everything.”** St. Paul, Second Letter to Timothy, (2:3-7)** St. Therese of Liseux *“Far more by suffering and persecution than by eloquent discourse does Jesus wants to build up his kingdom.” * catholicplanet.com/ebooks/Saint-Therese-Letters.pdf
May the Holy Spirit through the Immaculate Heart of Mary grace us with the gifts that we most desperately need!! May the LOVE and MERCY of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the WONDERS of the Immaculate Heart of Mary be revealed, glorified, and loved throughout the world, throughout all time, forever and ever!!
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou among women and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Come Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well beloved spouse. Come Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well beloved spouse. Come Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well beloved spouse.
For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world! For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world! For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world!
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!
*Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou among women and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. *