Pray with intelligence
It is probable very few of you have heard of Fr. Savinian Louismet OSB. let alone read his books.
If you are fortunate and can find the original publications read them, but be very careful of recent or more modern efforts. They have been edited to suit those outside the fold, those new agers, who entertain rather different versions of what we and Fr Savinian believe. The gist of his books can be seen in his own words, "All catholics are Mystics" then he gives how through prayer, the Sacraments and proper practices we reach out to God through a minimum of holiness derived from Catholic practices.
His description on the stages of prayer and through those stages, by meditation and thought we can recognize our journey towards God in the spiritual rewards which are not always the signs and miracles today's catholics demand of God in a lack of sincerity. They are interior actions of grace that urge us on ever upwards through the different stages of prayer.
It is my strong belief that Prayer is a strength, inspired by the Holy Spirit, that exists in us for ourselves and for others. I believe through meaningful prayer we achieve everything we need to live justly and righteously, that is overcoming our mean, low and often grudging spitefullness of our mean egos towards others. Although many of us feel at times we do not receive the grace we pray for never think for one moment we are not heard, our prayers are not granted by a loving God who is not listening. To often we pray for signs and miracles that we do not get, whatever does happen in answer, even unknowingly is the providence of a living God which governs our destiny for a good purpose. It is eminently possible we never in this world know the results.
Think of it this way, prayer is not easy and the wickedness that truly exists does not want us to pray sincerely, but rather would tempt us to do other actions perhaps immoral. The very least these thoughts of ours, these temptations are as St Ignatius says are temptations to do a lesser good and are at times not even sinful but defintely are those actions which will do less charity for ourselves and others. Prayer is, even at times difficult. It will certainly, after a struggle, lead us into peace of mind and contentment, help us to undergo sufferings, I urge have a care of what to suffer means. It means in this dreadful world all the actions, thoughts and treatments that constitute vexations and discomfort for body, mind and soul, that can when either misunderstood or misinterpreted, lead us off the holy and sanctified path onto which we are created by God's will. There can be no prayer that is a sincere raising up of the mind and heart to God if there is no good will, no sincerity and certainly no intellectual thought. I ask you all, how can a mind clouded by personal pride seek God? How can a mind without thought and meaning seek action from God as we pray charitably for our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is not possible for God who comprehends every one of our actions, knows us intimately to act upon thoughtless behavior and meaningless words? Therefore we must pray the words as best we know as far as we are able, and it is the sentiments contained in our words and minds make our prayers pleasnt to God and pleases Him to grant them, in His way and according to His will. St Faustina tells us in her diary, as she was told, "The prayers of the pure are always heard". This must mean our hearts and its inseparable partner in this world 'our soul' must have some minimum of holiness, light and wisdom so our words and thoughts are not just a repetitious formula on our lips.