Prayer is conversation with God. It has been a fundamental aspect of our relationship with God since the foundation of the world. We understand in the book of Genesis that God conversed freely with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. We are told that Moses too spoke with God “as one speaks to a friend” (Ex 33:11, NRSVCE). Our Lord expounds on this understanding of the way of prayer by teaching us how to address His Father in praise, petition, and thanksgiving in the words we know as the “Our Father.” Furthermore, He told us “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Mt 18:20). This invitation should give us the necessary confidence to pray in all circumstances.
The Church delights in echoing the prayers of humanity, bringing them to God in the context of conversation. The tradition of prayer flows through the veins of Church history; it is, after all, the link which permits saints and sinners to stand before the throne of God in humble adoration, thanksgiving, reparation, and petition. Saint Padre Pio summarizes this rich tradition by saying, “Prayer is the best weapon we possess. It is the key that opens the heart of God.”1 To ask for prayers is not a sign of weakness, but a privilege: it can be one of the best possible things to do for oneself or one’s need or a loved one.
Please join us in praying for the following intentions:
• For our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and all of his cardinals, bishops, priests, deacons, and seminarians.
• For the special intention of Pope Francis this month.
• For the increase and strengthening of vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
• For the increase and strengthening of good, holy families – the Domestic Church.
• For a growing respect for life, from natural conception to natural death.
• For all who suffer – physically, mentally, or spiritually.
• For an end to pornography, human trafficking, and any other forms of oppressive indignity.
• For our Christian brothers and sisters throughout the world who are persecuted for their faith.
Is there a particular prayer intention that you hold close to your heart? Please let us know and we will keep it in our daily prayers!
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1 q. from Pope Francis’s Jubilee of Mercy “Jubilee for Prayer Groups of Padre Pio” address of 6 February 2016.