Cornelius was a notable person being a centurion of the Italian Regiment. He lived an exemplary life, quite different from the general image of a centurion. Being devout, and god-fearing, he gave much alms to the people and prayed to God always. And one day in a vision an angel appeared to him saying, ‘Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God’. Isn’t it amazing that what Cornelius did, faithfully, time after time, from his heart, with sincerity, actually permeated right up to the heavens, and into the very presence of God!
Prayer and charity are two very vital threads needed in the pattern that God is weaving. And it will do well for the soul that prizes them. In prayer, God’s sovereignty is acknowledged, private matters of the heart are laid bare before God, there is a pouring out of the hidden fears and anxious thoughts, cares and burdens are exchanged for comfort and peace. Prayer keeps us on our knees, reminding us that we make it through by His grace alone, leaving room for God to act. Now, as prayer nourishes the soul, charity nourishes the heart, making us channels of His grace, causing us to be willing to part with something that must be given away to bless another’s life.
Cornelius was not known for his commanding skills or his military expertise. He was noted for his uprightness and piety and this showed forth in his sincerity in prayer and charity. In prayer and charity the sublime beauty of the soul is shown. Let’s adorn ourselves with them.
Prayer “Dear Jesus, I acknowledge that there’s nothing like prayer and charity that creates an inner beauty within my soul, reflecting Your image. Help them take deep root within me, making me more like You. Amen.”