Persevering in Prayer

Dear Parishioners & Visitors,

Do we persevere in prayer? Just like all of us in the parish praying before meals, the Bible says to pray without ceasing. For us, prayer is a way of life. Prayer disposes us to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Scripture says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous one availeth much” – James 5:16. Perseverance in begging the good from God is virtuous.  Hence, we beg for our daily bread. The “us” in the Pater Noster is an unselfish plea for all those around the table, which means the prayer can have nothing to do with unloving, selfish needs. If our prayer is without charity then it is not really prayer. Let us persevere in Praying to God; let us persevere in Trusting God’s response time; let us persevere in Bestowing Mercy. “For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

In God’s loving kindness,

—fr. Chris, O.P.