09 Sep Prayer (Lk 6:12) by Diane Overmann
“Jesus departed to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God.” ~ Lk 6:12 (full readings)
Diane’s Reflections: Let us think for just a moment about prayer. There are various definitions of prayer, but all involve opening to our Co –union with the divine. Sometimes in a day to day conversation, I admit to using “I will pray for you” as a way to respond to another’s problems and as merely a pat answer. I have noticed that others seem more ready to stop and say, “Let’s pray together.” Is there not a big difference? My niece was beginning a teaching job in a new school. Like most, she was nervous the first day. Another teacher “whispered” into her ear a prayer for God’s peace and guidance. Is that not the loving touch of God? Maybe we could think today wherever we are about praying with a woman who is facing a decision about the child within. We don’t have to see her with our eyes, but envision her with our hearts. Imagine we are holding her hands cupped in ours. Experiencing her anxiety and fear. With her seeking God’s blessing and guidance as she learns God’s will for her child. Pray with her.
* Diane Overmann is the Faith Formation Director at St. Clare Catholic School in O’Fallon, IL. She also presents catechist classes for the Diocese of Belleville, IL.
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