The word value, as we know, can be used in two different situations. The first is the economic value that may have something: the value of a house, the value of a book, the value of a ticket. The second use refers to a value not measurable, is the appreciation that each, individually, is something: the value of my family, the value of learning, the value of going to a JMJ ...
Today we think of the value of prayer. But in the economic sense. A very basic concept of economics teaches is the law of supply and demand. Simple. If any good has very little demand and is offered the price rises. For example, think of how much a can of Coca-Cola in a supermarket and it costs the same in on the beach. Today, prayer is precisely in a situation of high demand. Think of the devaluation of life, the disintegration of families, the constant attacks on the Church and the entire loss of values that we see out there ... Leaves us no doubt: the demand that the world, people and ourselves that we pray for is high. And if you look well, it happens while offering prayer is very low: a huge drain of the faithful, the expansion of a consumer mentality, materialistic, greedy corporate cry for secularism ... Does the solution to these problems do not just get in our prayer?
One method that can be used in economics to assign value to things is to do it from what it generates. Oil, for example, is worth what it is worth, because it is made from plastic, mainly oils and fuels. And in the case of prayer, it generates? Santos! Prayer creates men and women who seek to be better human beings, men and women throughout history who have done good, made a revolution, made the difference! Men who have the courage to go against the grain and afraid to move away from happiness. These so called men can be! Men who like Blessed John Paul II forcefully, with joy, gave his life for a greater cause. And if we look at where does the source of so much courage, so much nobility, we see a man like any other, but who spent many hours praying before the Blessed Sacrament, many prostrate to the ground ... If we give the prayer at the value it generates, we realize that so many saints before we realized that the greatest asset you can have no money to buy ...
I end with a final value: the value of existence. This is the value given to a particular well, simply because it exists, without waiting for him no service. In a panda, for example, that we never even see, we can assign a value worth preserving it. This is the value we ought to pray. Conversations with God showing me grateful and without hope that things are going well, without expecting anything in return ... What currency is used for this? The time. Learn to give of our time to God in personal prayer, the rosary, the Mass, even in the rush of my daily life, even in weariness ... This is the value that most pleases God.
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