When things are difficult and when daily burdens become chronic, however, it can be easy to lose faith and stray from our path of discipleship.
When we become “lost,” we lose hope and sometimes allow bitterness and frustration to overcome us. We look to blame someone else for our hardships, and we sometimes even make God our scapegoat. Before long, we stop praying, we stop attending Mass and we stop believing.
According to St. Teresa of Avila, there is only one reason why we sometimes lose our way.
“To lose one’s way is nothing more than the giving up of prayer,” the great saint once said. “Whoever doesn’t pray does not need the devil to lead him off the path. He will throw himself into Hell.”
When we stop praying – communicating with God – it’s easy to get lost. We give up our compass, our leader, and our divine map. We need God’s graces to surround us and recharge us. Without prayer, we close the door to those special privileges.