Prayer is God’s gift to us and, as St. Paul noted, it’s God’s Holy Spirit who prays within us, if we’re open to that gift. Prayer changes us and, in that process of inner change, we become more ready to act; prayer mobilises us. Most of us, a lot of the time, make the understandable mistake of thinking that we say prayers to change a situation or to change a person. We pray to be changed and then to work for change, for the sake of the Gospel and of humanity.
A suggested Morning Offering prayer, to begin each day:
Heavenly Father, I begin this day aware of your loving presence. Guide me along the right path today, always finding ways to cooperate in your mission of love and compassion in the concrete choices I make. I offer you my thoughts, prayers and all my works for the Pope’s intention this month. “Our Father …”