From Chapter 1 of Saint Josemaría Escrivá’s book The Way: Character
Give in? Be just commonplace? You, a sheep-like follower? You were born to be a leader!
Among us there is no place for the lukewarm. Humble yourself, and Christ will kindle in you again the fire of love.
Perhaps it is no coincidence that today’s entry from The Way is the one above. Within the hour I read the following paragraph in a book I’m using to research prayer and thought to myself: “This is the most self-convicting paragraph I’ve ever read.” I read it several times in a row and each time it was as if my own face were looking back at me behind the printed words on the paper.
I think it fits perfectly with today’s excerpt from St. Escrivá’s book, too.
The third launching point for prayer is a weariness with one’s own mediocrity. In this spiritual and moral lukewarmness there is no complete rejection of God. The person does want him, but only feebly. This is the half-hearted individual who makes little effort to avoid venial sins, who willingly shows impatience, gossips about others’ faults, indulges in overeating, gives in to petty vanities about appearance, accomplishments, or talents, makes little effort to overcome laziness or grouchiness (Rev 3:2-3, 14-21). Mediocre people may on occasion and through grace respond to a powerful homily, or a shining example of a family member or friend, or to an experience at Mass—anything that may arouse them from their moral listlessness. Prayer may sprout even in this unpromising garden. It could sprout from these pages. But that depends on free will and response. God forces no one.
~ Prayer Primer: Igniting A Fire Within, by Thomas Dubay, S.M. (Ignatius Press. 2002). p.49.
A person of humility will pray consistently.
A man or woman of deep prayer is not lukewarm.
A life with prayer is not a life of mediocrity.