Franciscan Moments @ Saint Miriam: June 29, 2020

We opened our parish doors yesterday. Differently, but so wonderfully. They were open wide and welcoming, as usual, but cautious, disinfected and deliberate. It reminded me that this is the way our prayer life should be. Not reactionary but measured and with intent.

That is why when I received a beautiful reminder yesterday from one of our parishioners, I knew what my heart would write today. I share it here: Mahatma Gandhi reminded us that “Prayer is not asking…it is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness…And so, it is  better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”

When we come to God in prayer, it matters not the number of words, the lexicon used, or the frequency, but rather the coming at all. When we come to one another the same should be true. Just come. And, to those who someone comes, just be there. Listen. Really listen.

St. Francis once reminded us, too, with these words, “Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily. To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully. To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely. To meet others, peacefully, joyously. To face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.”

I have been so busy lately; I didn’t post my devotion last week. I felt so badly, but then I realized I have never stopped praying. God has been here all along.

How will you pray today? How do you recognize you need prayer? When was the last time you were the gift of prayer – or prayers answered – to someone else?


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