Pope John Paul II on Prayer and Self-Examination

“…I would ask you to look at yourselves carefully, especially in moments of personal prayer. Every time we enter into contact with God we rediscover our self in its absolute importance.”

-John Paul II in The Way to Christ

The important thing about self-examination is that we must attend to it in moments of prayer. Every act of communion with God is self-revelatory. ‘It is as creatures that we discover our self in its absolute importance,’ because we shall have discovered in discerning the Lord how he makes space for our creatureliness. Contact with the Lord makes room for our ability to be creatures where previously we have been fallen and in bondage to sin. Prayer is the only thing that liberates us from ourselves and establishes the importance of ourselves in relation to the Other Himself.


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