The chief end of prayer
“Saint Mary Magdalen of Pazzi used to say that in all our prayers our first object should be to obtain from God the grace necessary to accomplish His holy will in all things.
Certain souls, desirous of spiritual consolation, go to prayer only to yield themselves agreeably to the sweetness of their pious sentiments; but strong souls who are generously resolved to belong entirely to God only implore light to know His holy will and strength to accomplish it perfectly.
We shall never arrive at the pure love of God without submitting our will in everything to His divine will. ‘Do not deceive yourself,’ says Saint Francis de Sales; ‘as long as your will is not completely and gladly subject to God’s will, you cannot have a pure love.’ Now, we shall never obtain that of ourselves, but only by means of mental prayer, continuous supplication, and a true desire to belong wholly and unreservedly to Jesus Christ.”
– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905