Last night I thought I would be home much sooner than I was. I didn’t really pray as I would have liked and given my lack of attention the night before, I am regrouping. I have prayed but with distractions. Part of me did not want to pray and follow my plan. I am tired. Not tired of praying but I am just plain tired. The beautiful weather we are experiencing makes it difficult to concentrate at work. We are all wanting to be outside. Then when home, we all are outside. And, we are doing all the things we normally are doing. But it makes me ponder the rythms of life so I’m praying for all of us. I’m praying for myself to move out of my spiritual and emotional self-pity. One would think the weather, good health and everyone being happy would keep me in a good mood but that’s the rub. I think it actually gets worse. Psychologists would have a field day I’m sure. But, I’ll just give it to God.
I’m praying for the Pope. I really like this Pope. I hate how the media portrays him and tears him down. It takes away from his mission. I dislike how the people the press interview somehow think he’s responsible for all the problems and/or the solution. CNN had one Bishop saying the Pope wasn’t doing enough – they were Shepherdless. Really? They are when the Bishop doesn’t realize he’s the Shepherd and he isn’t shepherding…..Truly the laity will only be empowered when we realize that we need to be faithful and hold each other faithful. To think the Pope is going to change us is a telltale sign that they see him as a personality and celebrity and not as Peter. Peter who has come to confirm them in THEIR faith – to be with them in communion with the Lord. So I’m praying for the faithful there and here.
Tonight’s prayer (can be found here):
Prayer for the Pope
O Lord, we are the millions of believers, humbly kneeling at Thy feet and begging Thee to preserve, defend and save the Sovereign Pontiff for many years. He is the Father of the great fellowship of souls and our Father as well. On this day, as on every other day, he is praying for us also, and is offering unto Thee with holy fervor the sacred Victim of love and peace.
Wherefore, O Lord, turn Thyself toward us with eyes of pity; for we are now, as it were, forgetful of ourselves, and are praying above all for him. Do Thou unite our prayers with his and receive them into the bosom of Thine infinite mercy, as a sweet savor of active and fruitful charity, whereby the children are united in the Church to their Father. All that he asks of Thee this day, we too ask it of Thee in unison with him.
Whether he weeps or rejoices, whether he hopes or offers himself as a victim of charity for his people, we desire to be united with him; nay more, we desire that the cry of our hearts should be made one with his. Of Thy great mercy grant, O Lord, that not one of us may be far from his mind and his heart in the hour that he prays and offers unto Thee the Sacrifice of Thy blessed Son. At the moment when our venerable High Priest, holding in His hands the very Body of Jesus Christ, shall say to the people over the Chalice of benediction these words: “The peace of the Lord be with you always,” grant, O Lord, that Thy sweet peace may come down upon our hearts and upon all the nations with new and manifest power. Amen.