Lord Jesus, make of us good and fertile soil, for the reception
of the seed of your grace, and make it yield worthy fruits
of penance, so that with your help we may merit to live eternally
in your glory, who are blessed throughout all ages.
This is the supreme form of prayer, being utterly selfless and fixed on God alone, for His greater glory. We were created for this and this is God's entitlement, being God. As Scripture says, "To you our praise is due"
10.We are all called to this form of prayer and it is a powerful way to live out the first commandment.There is power in praise. In this way of prayer, we acknowledge Godto be God. We join with the angels and saints, because this is whatthey do continually. In allowing God to be God, we unleash His powerin our lives. Not that He is not free to work anyway, but we putboundaries on what we think that He can do, and thus restrict Hisoperation in our lives. By living a life of praise, we live aschildren of God, knowing that He will provide for us out of His lovingprovidence. We are told that, "On the lips of children and of babesyou have found praise to foil your enemy, to silence the foe and the rebel"
11, so it is also a powerful prayer of protection.
We are told in scripture that, "You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people set apart to sing the praises of God who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."
12.By our baptism, we have all been called to this way of life. However, wefeel that this is our particular vocation in a special way. We have been set apart from the world, though carrying the world very much inour hearts, and we have been commissioned to sing the praises of God.He deserves this. We fulfil this calling particularly by ourparticipation in the daily Eucharist, which is a participation inJesus' glorification of His Father. We are also commissioned to praythe Divine Office every day, which is primarily singing the praises ofGod in union with the whole Church. We enter into Jesus praise of HisFather. Because it is the prayer of Jesus, it is very powerful. Thuswe become channels of God's grace for the world. By praising God we make room in our hearts for God's will to be done.
Sometimes it is hard to do this - we don't "feel" like it. But Scripture also talks in many places about the "sacrifice of praise"
13, and possibly it is all the more efficacious for being difficult.
St. Francis understood how necessary it was to sing the praises of Godand he truly was a man of praise. Praise arose in him from the depthsof his being. We can praise using our own words, thinking about howwonderful God is. For those who do not know how to start praising, his text of the "Praises of God" is a wonderful way to start (see
The praises of God by St. Francis), or many of the Psalms are full of praises and can bring us deeply into prayer
"The prophets and the saints, all those who were slain on earth fortheir witness to Jesus, the vast throng of those who, having comethrough the great tribulation, have gone before us into the Kingdom,all sing the praise and glory of him who sits on the throne, and ofthe Lamb. In communion with them, the Church on earth also singsthese songs with faith in the midst of trial. By means of petitionand intercession, faith hopes against all hope and gives thanks to the'Father of lights', from whom 'every perfect gift' comes down. Thus faith is pure praise"