Prayer

Praying Grace for Others – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

Praying Grace for Others – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

When I pray these short prayers…I find that the wellbeing of every person becomes important to me. I find I treat each person I meet better–less as a “thing” or a “tool” for my benefit, and more as a real person to love and to cherish…Perhaps this practice may seem artificial to you. I would suggest it is not…If we pray for someone when we meet them and as we leave them, everything in between will be bathed in our love and, we can be sure, God’s grace. What could be better?

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Transforming Prayer – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Transforming Prayer – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Soren Kierkegaard said, “Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.” I would add that it also changes our experience of who God is. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. The same God who did not fail us on the cross will not fail us in the whole of our lives. But this does not mean that he will always answer us when and how we expect him to. Often times he does not—not because he is failing us, but because he is forming us and even healing us.

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Brimming with Expectation – Gospel in Preparation for the First Sunday of Advent

Brimming with Expectation – Gospel in Preparation for the First Sunday of Advent

Advent…reminds us that the Last Day, the Day of Judgment is something to be celebrated; for to those who have been vigilant it is not Judgment but Salvation. Our Catechism teaches us that Advent is the time during which “the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming” (CCC 524). We have been sustained by Christ, we have been given great faith, innumerable graces and blessed companions so that we might experience His coming with joy! We don’t practice vigilance in prayer only because “the Bible tells us so”. We are vigilant in prayer because we are brimming with expectation.

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A Place of Encounter – Gospel for the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

A Place of Encounter – Gospel for the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

To celebrate the dedication of this Basilica appropriately must mean to call to mind the purpose for which it exists. If we are called to purify ourselves, to drive out any sort of falsehood to that purpose, then let part of this purification come in the shape of a rejection of mere formalism and the embracing of true devotion. The pursuit of Christ does not end with the church’s rites but with an encounter with Christ that comes through those rites.

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God’s Expectations for the Church – First Reading of the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

God’s Expectations for the Church – First Reading of the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Such an expectation does not require perfection, but sincerity, endeavor, and repentance for failure. Where those are present, we are invited to approach boldly. The old Anglican and Methodist invitation to the altar is a beautiful expression of both God’s invitation and expectation: “Ye that do truly and earnestly repent of your sin, are in love and charity with your neighbor, and intend to lead a new life following the commandments of God and walking from henceforth in his holy ways, draw near with faith and take this holy sacrament to your comfort and make your humble confession to Almighty God”.

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At a Loss for Words – Second Reading of the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

At a Loss for Words – Second Reading of the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

At other times, however, my silence has been more an inner recognition of my inability to even give true voice to the depth and breadth of all that I am feeling—both for myself and for others—as well as a profound sense that somehow, in some way He already knows. By this I don’t mean that I don’t need to share with him what is on my heart and mind…It is the silence of vulnerability, the sense of my need to just be with God in a way I cannot be anywhere else and open myself up to Him, trusting that not only does He know all that is in my heart, but that He is always, without fail, working all things for my good, for all of our good (Romans 8:28).

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Confidence in Prayer – Luke 11

Confidence in Prayer – Luke 11

Jesus cares and does not want us to be discouraged and give up while we are waiting for God’s help. Rather he would have us be confident in our waiting, not trusting so much in our constant asking (though we are implored to keep on doing it), but in the eagerness of our loving Father to give us all we need and more, to lavish on us his richest blessings just because he cares: “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish will give him a stone… HOW MUCH MORE will the heavenly father give….”

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Rending the Heavens – Luke 3

Rending the Heavens – Luke 3

Luke’s version of the Jesus’ baptism is a rich affirmation of the power of prayer—of what can happen when we surrender ourselves wholly to the will of the Father and thus invite His Spirit to transform and equip us for where He has called us. But it is also a profound demonstration of the faithfulness of the Father to hear the prayers of his people and respond in ways that were far more beautiful than they could ever have imagined.

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Faith To Move Mountains – Mark 11

Faith To Move Mountains – Mark 11

Faith involves certainty, yes, but it is a certainty anchored in Him—in His goodness and power—and not in us. Therein lies its power. A faith that is rooted in the God who is all-powerful cannot be contained by any earthly limitation; its only limitation is love, for He is also the God who is Love.

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The Desperate Prayer – Mark 9

The Desperate Prayer – Mark 9

Such is the mystery of prayer for all of us. We ask questions like: Why should we have to pray if God already knows our needs? Why does he not answer without our asking? Why, sometimes, must we wait for an answer? Does he not care? Ironically, it is because we pray that we discover the answer to that last question.

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