by Apostoli_Viae


The Living Water - Mortification and Prayer

Mortification frees the soul from every obstacle which might retard the growth of grace, which might hinder the soul's love for God and its flight toward Him; whereas prayer which consists essentially in intimate conversation with God feeds this love and quickens this flight. Mortification prepares a suitable place for a loving meeting with God; prayer effects this meeting, and by placing the soul in real contact with God, the source of living water, it quenches its thirst and reanimates it. It is in this sense that the saints, and particularly the contemplative saints, have always seen in the living water promised by Jesus, not only sanctifying grace, but also those special graces of light and love which are its consequences and which the soul attains to in prayer, in the moments of intimate contact with God. This light and love are not the fruit of the activity of the soul alone; but rather, God Himself by means of the actuation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, infuses them into the soul, causing it to acquire a completely new "sense" of God. This does not mean new ideas and concepts, but rather an experimental knowledge derived from love - especially from the love which God himself awakens in the soul. It means a profound "sense" of the divinity, by means of which the soul becomes aware - not by reasoning or demonstration, but more by way of experience - that God is so different from creatures, so unique, so great, that He truly deserves all the love of the heart.  This new way of loving God, this new experience of God and the divine things is really living water which quenches the soul's thirst. It is the living water of prayer, which, as a result of divine action, has now become deeper, more intimate, more contemplative; it is the living water of contemplation. This contemplation is a gift of God. "He gives it," says St. Teresa of Jesus, "when and as He wishes" (Life, 34). Although He offers it to all, in one form or another, He will grant it only to those souls who apply themselves generously to mortification and prayer.

Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen
Divine Intimacy - Meditation 143 - Baronius Press


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  • Cathy Trowbridge

    Cathy Trowbridge

    Yes the intimacy of drinking from God’s life giving living water relieves my soul - and where can I best find it than from the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass... from which I am physically removed from at this time... and so this gushing water that still flows from spiritual communion, from a bank of communions I have received, my thirst is satiated. The physical separation is true but in God all things are possible. I make ready daily to receive in the word His living water, My Prayer indeed becomes deeper, a gift of mutual love. Thank you for this reflection.
  • Diana von Glahn (AV1-M)

    Diana von Glahn (AV1-M)

  • Suzanna Linton

    Suzanna Linton

    I love Father Gabriel!
  • Michael Cooney

    Michael Cooney

    These are wonderful reflections and find their harmony with the traditional liturgical calendar such an anchor for spiritual life. This year is the first I've used Divine Intimacy for daily lectio divina. I can't recommend it highly enough.
  • Fr. Guillermo Gabriel-Maisonet

    Fr. Guillermo Gabriel-Maisonet

    "He will grant it only to those souls who apply themselves generously to mortification and prayer." How sad is to see my own stinginess. But how consoling is to know that He insists in His generosity and hasn't given up on me.
  • Joan Dupire

    Joan Dupire

    I agree with Fr Guillermo, It saddens me to see my own stinginess when it comes to mortification. The spirit is willing but the flesh is oh so very weak
  • Sylvia Acayan

    Sylvia Acayan

    Lord, please give me the grace of generosity-- to sacrifice my activity or my physical rest at the present moment and respond quickly to your invitation to that divine rest in your love.

    Good reflection................
  • Ally Brown

    Ally Brown

    I find this absolutely beautiful, that it is stirring my soul and heart. Thank you and Amen.
  • Sean Dooley

    Sean Dooley

    I have all the time I need to achieve this in my current isolation. Yet,even in such an ideal environment my mind wanders off. However, Perseverance develops character, so I shall persevere. Please Lord, have mercy.




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