For a Catholic, there can be no more personal moment of prayer than after receiving the Eucharist. We believe that the consecrated host is the Body of Christ: not a mere symbol, but Christ himself: body, blood, soul and divinity. This is the center of our faith. You will not understand me if you don't understand this.
For reasons which will not matter to you, I needed to open my heart to him: to seek not only his will, but even the desire to seek it. Faith does not free us from all doubt. It merely changes our response. More often than I would care to admit, I pray thinking: Why am I here? What am I doing? What is the point?
I put these questions aside and prayed the Anima Christi. I asked him to help me: Please, Lord, show me the way. I opened my eyes and I saw the cross. Rarely are my prayers answered so quickly and so obviously.
You want me to show you the way? Here it is. Take up your cross and follow me. I am the way.
It was not, perhaps, the answer I wanted, but it was the answer I needed and it made me smile. So often we pray the Our Father without thinking. Yes, this was exactly the sort of answer my father would give. Ask a foolish question, right?
You're praying at Mass and you ask me to show you the way ?!? Here it is. It is the Way of the Cross. I am the way. And don't you forget it... my son.