Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

October 5, 2016 – Wednesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos                                                        

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

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

Luke 11:1-4

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, teach us to pray
just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name,
your Kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test.”

 

Reflect: “Lord, teach us to pray…”  Our world desperately needs prayer.  We are afflicted with so much suffering and so much detachment from God.  The world is torn apart by war, violence and deep-seated hatred. There is a new wave of atheism, secularism is rampant, and the “nones” (those who ascribe to no religion) are increasing at a rapid pace. Although the “Lord’s Prayer” is something most of us leaned as children, when we hear the message of this Gospel proclaimed we need to be attentive to the call for serious and intentional prayer.  Evil and empathy are not resistant to prayer.  In fact, prayer is a powerful antidote to much of the “God-lessness” in the world.  Can we take the time and make the effort for genuine prayer in our daily life?

Do I turn my life, my family, my hopes and dreams as well as the plight of suffering folks in the world over to the Lord in regular daily prayer?  Is taking time for prayer, to talk to Jesus, a value and priority in my life or do I turn to prayer only in time of serious need? Can I begin today to pray for some of the many needs in the world, my country, my local community and my home? Can I believe that God really wants to hear from me in prayer – no matter how silent I have been and no matter how bad I think I’ve been?

 

Pray: Loving God, give me the gift of prayer so that I can believe that you are always waiting to hear from me.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos: Pray for us!

 

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

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