Time to Pray
Somehow, we seek to connect with the Other, to have the hunger within filled by that which is beyond our senses.
Why not pray to God now? The very yearning for meaning and spirituality, we can identify as God's Spirit within us seeking to unite us with God. Rather than pondering the mystery - seek to enter the experience! When praying to God, it is important to share your own words and feelings. It is also important to sit in silence with God.
We sometimes look for special prayers in our encounter with God. St Ignatius was a man who reflected on what was at the heart of his life, encountered God, and then surrendered all:
Take, O Lord, and receive
my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will.
All that I am and all that I possess You have given me:
I surrender it all to You
to be disposed of according to Your will.
Give me only Your love and Your grace;
with these I will be rich enough,
and will desire nothing more.
If we wish to surrender our life to God, yet are afraid or do not know what God wishes to do with our life, let us take this to be our prayer too. Also share your desire with a friend, speak with a priest or another who has found their calling.
Pray for enlightenment:
Source of all life,
By our baptism you call us by name and invite us to fullness of life in you.
Bless each of us as we respond to your call to follow the Son.
May we encourage and support one another
in discerning and living out our Christian vocation.
Help us to foster a culture of vocation in which your seed will bear much fruit.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
People sometimes wish they could hear God speak to them in prayer. Through the Scriptures we have the opportunity to encounter the word of God. The pages of the Bible are not magic. They will not answer our every question by opening the pages at random. Yet when we approach the Scriptures prayerfully and with an open heart, God speaks to us through the text. It is the heart of God speaking to our heart. Spend some time with Scriptures every day.
The prophet Jeremiah, in the Old Testament, eloquently describes the painful sweetness of life in God:
Pray with the Book of Wisdom (7:7-12)
Therefore I prayed, and prudence was given me;
I pleaded and the spirit of Wisdom came to me.
I preferred her to scepter and throne,
And deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,
nor did I liken any priceless gem to her;
Because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand,
and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.
Beyond health and comeliness I loved her,
And I chose to have her rather than the light,
because the splendor of her never yields to sleep.
Yet all good things together came to me in her company,
and countless riches at her hands;
And I rejoiced in them all, because Wisdom is their leader,
though I had not known that she is the mother of these.
In the Mass, the Eucharist, we deepen our meaning and spirituality. Pope Benedict, in his recent encyclical describes it thus:
- The sacrament of charity, the Holy Eucharist is the gift that Jesus Christ makes of himself, thus revealing to us God's infinite love for every man and woman. What wonder must the eucharistic mystery awaken in our own hearts. Sacramentum Caritatis, 1
True joy is found in recognising that the Lord is still with us, our faithful companion along the way. The Eucharist makes us discover that Christ, risen from the dead, is our contemporary in the mystery of the Church, his body. Of this mystery of love we have become witnesses. Let us encourage one another to walk joyfully, our hearts filled with wonder, towards our encounter with the Holy Eucharist, so that we may experience and proclaim to others the truth of the words with which Jesus took leave of his disciples: "Lo, I am with you always, until the end of the world" (Mt 28:20). Sacramentum Caritatis 97
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