Eleventh Meditation
(The Way of Perfection, Chapter 20.3-21,23)

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God. Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood… . Endure your trials as 'discipline'; God treats you as sons. For what 'son' is there whom his father does not discipline?… So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees. Make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be dislocated but healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord." (1)

Soldiers of Prayer

The loyal heart must persevere:
To cling to the Truth, come what may,
To know Church teaching and adhere,
To discern God's will and obey.

The loyal friend must persevere:
Adhering to the truth of love,
In spirit, to draw others near,
In union with the One above.

He gives courage to those who fear,
With strength to endure their trials;
He girds the will to persevere,
And shines light on all that beguiles.

He calls each foot soldier to pray:
With loyal heart and girded will,
To forge ahead through fright and fray,
With firm resolve, to take the hill.

The steadfast heart, humble and pure,
With unfailing hope, will endure.

May the Lord, our Commander-in-Chief, strengthen our hearts and gird our wills so that we may persevere in the way of prayer.

1. Luke 18: 10-14

(c) Paul Buis, 2004