God always takes the initiative in our relationship with him: love of him is a gift. So this love, which is the Holy Spirit, is not a hope but a truth. Prayer and worship does nothing for God. It is in part our acknowledgment of who he is and who we are – the one who loves and we who are loved.
Thus, all religious practice is for our benefit, a divine gift to bring us closer to the source of all life and goodness, to nourish the gift of a relationship with God.
Prayer is a growing in love with the one who first loved us. And because this first love is creative, our growth in the relationship helps us become more truly ourselves, more truly who we are.
The gift of the Mass is the source and summit of our Christian lives. In such worship the redemption of the world through Jesus’s Death and Resurrection is made present to us and we are nourished in our journey towards God.