We are all on mission especially as we seek to live in God’s love amidst all the tremendous work, worry, and suffering that is happening at this very moment. A valuable action which strengthens us on this mission and submerges us into the Divine, is prayer. We can never pray and reflect too much. I offer this prayer for you this day, adapted from the original sent in by the US Catholic Mission Association. If possible, pray it with someone and share your thoughts and insights that the Spirit will send you. Let us pray for each other daily.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
V. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Sometimes it seems that our work is fruitless, but mission is not like a business transaction or investment, or even a humanitarian activity. It is not a show where we count how many people come as a result of our publicity; it is something much deeper, which escapes all measurement.
It may be that the Lord uses our sacrifices, especially at this time of intense suffering, to shower blessings in another part of the world which we will never visit. The Holy Spirit works as he wills, when he wills and where he wills; we entrust ourselves without pretending to see striking results. We know only that our commitment is necessary.
Keeping our missionary fervor alive calls for firm trust in the Holy Spirit, for it is the Spirit who “helps us in our weakness” (Rom 8:26). But this generous trust has to be nourished, and so we need to invoke the Spirit constantly. The Spirit can heal whatever causes us to flag in the missionary endeavor.
It is true that this trust in the unseen can cause us to feel disoriented: it is like being plunged into the deep and not knowing what we will find. Yet there is no greater freedom than that of allowing oneself to be guided by the Holy Spirit, renouncing the attempt to plan and control everything to the last detail, and instead letting the Spirit enlighten, guide and direct us, leading us wherever he wills. Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) #279-280.
What insight from Pope Francis spoke to you, personally?
Is there anything you believe the Spirit is asking you to give voice to today?
Conclusion: Let us pray.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy your consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
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