So many write and call and drop off messages requesting our prayers for family members, for friends, for their own needs. We are humbled, and we place these requests on the bulletin board at the southwest corner of the cloister. We pass the board over and over during the day and are reminded that our praying, truly our lives belong to Christ and his Church. We remember that "the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God." In our praying as in all else, we learn that we must depend on the Lord who wants the good we desire much, much more than we know.
Photograph by Brother Daniel. Scripture quotation from Saint Paul's Letter to the Romans, 8.