Dear brothers and sisters,
"The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will” (Romans 8:26-27).
St. Paul’s letter for us today strikes to the core of our Christian life in this world. We need to live in the Spirit of God in order to live “according to the Spirit” and not be consumed by the world. For this, we must pray.
God and his holy servants have reiterated thousands of times the vital importance of prayer. The Catechism, referencing these sources, reminds us that with sincere prayer we are assured of what we need for salvation and without prayer we are assured of not obtaining salvation. Raising our minds and hearts to God is necessary in order to unite with Him for eternity and prayer is the raising of our minds and hearts to God. This should be done sincerely when no one sees us but God, and if we are praying in our hearts and homes it should flow out into fruitful public expressions of faith and unity.
“But though you are master of might, you judge with clemency, and with much lenience you govern us; for power, whenever you will, attends you. And you taught your people, by these deeds, that those who are just must be kind; and you gave your children good ground for hope that you would permit repentance for their sins” (Wisdom 12:18-19).
May we take time especially during the summer to turn to God in the openness of the Spirit to find healing and peace as we enjoy the beauty of His Creation.
In Christ, son of Mary,