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Talk in The Emmaus Prayer meeting on the 29th November 2009 by Maya

Talk in The Emmaus Prayer meeting on the 29th November 2009 by Maya

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    • God Loves Secrets Matthew 6:1-6
    • [1] "Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
      • [2] "Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
      • [3] But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
      • [4] so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
      • [5] "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
      • [6] But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
    • St. Augustine
      • He does not now bid us pray, but instructs us how we should pray; as above He did not command us to do alms but showed the manner of doing them.
    • [1] "Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
      • [2] "Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
      • [3] But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
      • [4] so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
      • [5] "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
      • [6] But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
    • On the necessity of giving alms
      • CCC 2447 [...] Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God: [...]
    • St. John Chrysostom
      • How can it be that we should not do our alms before men?
    • The intention in our heart
      • CCC 1753 [...] On the other hand, an added bad intention (such as vainglory) makes an act evil that, in and of itself, can be good (such as almsgiving).
      • For though it is easy for any not to wish for praise when it is denied him, it is difficult not to be pleased with it when it is offered. - St. Augustine
    • Left hand and right hand
      • Left hand -> delight in men's praise
      • Right hand -> purpose of fulfiling the divine commands
    • When the heart sees God alone
      • For he who does any thing for God's sake, sees nothing in his heart but God, for whose sake he does it; - Pseudo-Chrys
    • The Spirit helps us in our weaknesses
    • Practical tips for giving for God
      • Pray for humility
      • Do every little things for God e.g.: work, study, ministry, help to others
      • Offer them up to God through prayers
      • Give thanks and praise God in daily prayers
      • Daily examination of consience
    • [1] "Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
      • [2] "Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
      • [3] But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
      • [4] so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
      • [5] "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
      • [6] But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
    • About praying not to be seen by others
      • Whoever then so prays as to be seen of men does not look to God but to man, [...]
      • But he whose mind in prayer is wholy fixed on God, though he prays in the synagogue yet seems to pray with himself in secret.
      • -Pseudo-Chrys
    • As Jesus also prays alone
    • Practical tips for praying
      • Find a suitable place
      • Commit to a suitable time
      • Prepare your mind and heart (use sacred pictures, cross, altar, Bible, etc)
      • Spend a fixed time for prayer
      • Use Scriptures
      • Spend some silent moment in prayer