Monday of the Third Week of Advent

Strength for the Family

“Prayer is far more than begging God for what we want. In prayer, we acknowledge God’s power and goodness and admit our own neediness and dependence on him. When we pray, we express our faith and hope in God. Through prayer, we obtain grace and elevate our minds and hearts to a greater knowledge and love of God. The more we pray, the more we come to know and love him.” ~Strengthening Your Family: A Catholic Approach to Holiness at Home, Chapter Eight: Lord, Hear Our Prayer

adventHow often do we hear about someone’s misfortune or suffering and respond by promising to keep him or her in our prayers? When a friend has an important opportunity on the horizon, don’t we usually show our support by offering our prayers? We say we’ll pray for others, but how do we stick to those promises?

 

Straws for the Crib

Put aside ten minutes today for prayer. Find a quiet room, even a quiet corner, and take a break from the rest of the world. Think about all the people (as far as you can remember) for whom you’ve promised to pray. Then say a prayer (or two…or three…) for them with sincerity and reverence.

 

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