Michael John Poirier: 4 Kids in the House

Did the kids like the idea of stopping their play to spend 2 hours alone in silence each day?

  • Not really.

What did they learn during that silent time?

  • There was a whole world to see and appreciate when they spent the time looking.

How is their experience similar to what happens to us when we take the time to silently pray?

  • We begin to see God better in our lives.
  • We see a whole new interior world and gain new appreciation for the beauty and goodness all around us.
  • St. Teresa of Avila called this new interior world the ‘Interior Castle.’

What does the way Aunt Sophia helps Timothy teach us about how God leads us to learn to pray?

  • When we start to pray, we often feel little, lost, and stuck in a lame place with nothing good for us.
  • We may hear about the wonderful experiences others have in prayer and feel like we only experience a stinky, dark closet.
  • Like Aunt Sophia, God encourages us to try to pray again, to trust that He has infinitely more in store for us than we can imagine.
  • If we keep trying prayer, we will find a trap door with a ladder that leads us to heavenly heights, to beauty beyond compare.
  • Jesus PROMISES: “For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” -Matt 7:8 So, keep knocking!