Saint Peter Julian Eymard on Prayer
In The Light of the Monstrance
Prayer is the soul’s life.
What else is prayer but holiness in action?
Because of the great importance of prayer, the most violent temptations are directed against it. The devil dreads prayer so much that he is ready to let us do all the good works possible if he can stop us from praying or at least spoil our prayer. We must, therefore, be always on the watch and keep up the spirit of prayer. We must make of prayer the first of our duties.
If your soul does not pray, if you do not fix your intention on God when you pray vocally, your words avail nothing: it is the intention, the heart that gives them their power.
Saints are born of prayer – the first indication of their holiness – the soul that prays will reach holiness
One that does not pray shall never become a saint.
The Pharisees are an instance of this: they labored much, but their works did not pray.
Let us pray, therefore, and love prayer, and intensify our spirit of prayer from day to day. If you do not pray, you are on the road to perdition; and if God abandons you, the reason is that you do not pray. You are like a drowning man who refuses the lifeline thrown him to save him from death. There is nothing else to be done; he is lost.
Oh! I repeat it to you: leave everything, but never leave prayer. It alone will bring you back to God however far you may have strayed from Him; yes, prayer alone can do it.