This month’s submission comes from Sister Rose Raymond Wagner.
When she arrived for her spiritual direction session, it was obvious that she was anxious and a bit distracted. After a couple of minutes she almost apologetically confessed that she hadn’t been praying and was finding it difficult to feel in touch with God. “I almost didn’t come today,” she said, “because I don’t know what to talk about.” But, she did talk of how she felt that she had done – or not done – something that was separating her from God and that God was displeased with her.
We talked about the “ups “ and “downs” of prayer and that there are times of light and times of darkness in the prayer life of anyone who is sincere about their spiritual life.
I suggested that we look at a passage from Romans 8:26 where St. Paul writes, “The Spirit too helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groaning that cannot be expressed in speech.”
This reassuring Word led to a sharing of the graciousness of God who is constantly loving us, and how even when we cannot seem to pray, One infinitely greater than ourselves never ceases to pray within us. So we can relax in God’s care for us! She left with deep gratitude for her new insight, and determined to allow the Spirit to continue to be her prayer.