Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we read the magnificent Ephesians prayer, spoken by Paul over his beloved community — and over us. The phrases are like sacred honey, each one to be individually savored and consumed.
- I never cease giving thanks for you
- May God give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation
- May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened
- May you know what is the hope that belongs to God’s call
- … what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones
- … and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe
Wow! What if we prayed for one another like that? What if we prayed for ourselves like that?
Sometimes we, and our companions on life’s journey, do require prayers for a specific need: recovery from illness, strength in a time of trial, courage in darkness.
But we should pray for one another every day – a prayer that transcends specific needs – a prayer for wisdom, faith, understanding, and wild confidence in God’s loving power in our lives.
Such a prayer, like Paul’s, helps create a web of spiritual resilience for our beloveds, around them and within them. This is the power of the Communion of Saints.
Let us pray like this for each other.
Poetry: some thoughts from today’s holy Wonder Woman, Teresa of Avila:
Each of us has a soul,
but we forget to value it.
We don’t remember
that we are creatures
made in the image of God.
We don’t understand
the great secrets
hidden inside of us.
Music: Ephesians Hymn I, Suzanne Toolan, RSM
2 thoughts on “Pray for One Another”
Inspired by your reflections maybe the line from the Suscipe could read, “Teach me, to cast myself entirely into the arms of your loving Providence, with the most lively unlimited and WILD confidence in our compassionate tender pity.” Hum…I like it! 🤔🤔🤔. Thanks Renee!
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I like it too, Mary Pat. Thanks!