How to be holy// Why does God not answer my prayers?
I have been randomly surfing YouTube to unwind and was prompted to watch this hidden gem — a video by Father Mike Schmitz of Ascension Presents on Padre Pio’s Secret to Holiness. This caught my eye as I first knew of Padre Pio after reading his autobiography as a teenager. He could fly! Bilocate! Had stigmatas! Performed miracles! He was a Catholic… rock star.
During my pregnancy, my husband and I started to take our faith seriously as it would soon be our responsibility to impart the fundamentals of our living faith to our newborn. We watched the movie, Padre Pio: Miracle Man, as part of date night, and grew deeply inspired by this holy man! We started to include him in our litany of saints during family prayer.
To summarize in one line, Father Mike shares that holiness is attainable by everyone. It requires two things: Humility and obedience.
Humility to see myself as God sees me, to never allow pride to creep in as it is a gateway for the entrance of the six other mortal sins.
And an obedience to God’s will in my life. I have a close friend who shared recently that God is not helping her as her prayers are unanswered. I fall prey to that thinking in times of great uncertainty; failing to realize that God is there in my doubts, questions and journey. And that His ways are not our ways.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
‘What if Your blessings come through raindrops, what if Your healing comes through tears?’
Obedience is best characterized in the Sacrament of the Present Moment by Jean-Pierre de Caussade:
“Perfection consists in doing the will of God, and not in understanding His designs.
Perfection consists in submitting unreservedly to the designs of God, and in fulfilling the duties of one’s state in the most perfect manner possible.
To attain the utmost height of perfection, the safest and surest way is to accept the crosses sent by Providence at every moment, that the true philosopher’s stone is submission to the will of God which changes to divine gold all their occupations, troubles and thoughts; what consolations would be theirs!”
May I remember that the redemptive suffering I endure is for others and my sanctification, for the souls in purgatory etc.
May I/we grow in greater humility and obedience to God, today, and every day.