Malvern Minute – Monday
Malvern Minute

 

August 22, 2016 – Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary                                                        

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com) 

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

We always pray for you,
that our God may make you worthy of his calling
and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose
and every effort of faith,
that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you,
and you in him,
in accord with the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflect: Prayer is powerful. Not only is it a good thing to do once in a while, but it is an essential act in our daily lives.  Mary pondered many things in her heart – that means she prayed. As believers, we are encouraged to pray for one another. Sometimes we are quick to criticize another, but do we also consider praying for that person so “that our God may make [them] worthy of his calling and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose and every effort of faith.” We should want God’s outpouring of grace on everyone we encounter. When we are doing what we are made to do, it is then “that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you and you in him.”

Pray.  Pray for your spouse. Pray for your children. Pray for your parents. Pray for your sisters and brothers. Pray for your work colleagues. Pray for your neighbors. Pray for the people who are difficult and rude toward you today. Pray for priests, your pastor, your bishop, the Holy Father; religious sisters and brothers. Pray for civic leaders. Pray for candidates. Pray for your boss, and your workers. Pray for migrants and refugees. Pray for victims of violence.  Pray for your enemies. Pray for the sick. Pray for those who mourn. The bottom line is: pray today. And start with the people who are most difficult in your life or those who you might be least likely to pray for.

Do I take time to pray every day?  Do I pray for other people?  Can I pray that God might be glorified in another – even if that person seems like a “jerk” to me?

Pray: Loving God, please give me the gift of prayer. Help me to carve out time each day to present myself to you as I am and to bring others to you in prayer. May I have the grace to never discriminate about who I might pray for. I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Mary, Queen of heaven and earth: Pray for us!

 

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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