Excerpt from God's Armor
By M. Nadine

“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.” (1 Jn 3:1)

There’s a beautiful Scripture in the Old Testament, “For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than holocausts” (Hos 6:6). God is saying, “I want love. I want you to experience Me.” God keeps encouraging us, “Seek and you will find. Knock and it will be opened to you” (Mt 7:7). There is always a deeper level of God to experience, and all He is asking us to do is to try to know Him. His wants us to take one little baby step at a time and experience Him.

Contemplative spirituality is pure gift. All we need to do is want it, desire it, and ask for it because this is what He wants. St. Paul tells us God’s perfect will for us is to “attain the fullness of God Himself” (Eph 3:19).

In the Old and New Testament God said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer” (Lk 19:46; Mt 21:13; Mk 11:17). He wants each of us individually to be a house of prayer. This means union, communication.

God doesn’t need numbers. He doesn’t need huge crowds, but what He needs are faithful ones. He needs little ones whom He can use His way and His time. Our Lady prayed, “Be it done unto me.” There’s no control there but total openness and total receptivity. “Let it be done to me as you say” (Lk 1:38). Your way, Your plan, Your time. It takes a lot of trust, but look at the fruit. Look what happened to Mary. She was full of life, full of love, full of Jesus. This is the kind of prayer and lifestyle that God is calling each and every one of us today.

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to Your Word.” (Lk 1:38)