Newsletter for Sunday 28 July 2019

26 Jul

Persistence in Prayer

People often complain that God never seems to hear their prayers and so they give up praying. It’s also the case that we live in a society that wants everything NOW and as a result we have little patience. But today’s readings remind us, among other things that we need to be persistent in our prayer. After giving us the Parable of the Persistent Friend at Midnight, Our Lord tells us, “For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; and the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him.” So we see God wants to answer our prayers, but we have to pray with faith, whilst always asking that His Will be done because He knows what is best for us. St Thomas More once remarked that God could not take vengeance on a man more easily in this world than by granting his own foolish wishes!

But persistence is the word. St Monica prayed for thirty years for the conversion of her son who became the great saint and Doctor of the Church, St Augustine. My family prayed many years for my father’s conversion, and I offered many Masses for that intention. I baptised him at his request two days before he died. In the end God seems to require persistence for some things and we must not give up or become discouraged. We just have to keep praying: “Pray, pray, pray” said St Teresa of Avila.

Then this coming Thursday 1st August at 7pm we have our monthly Holy Hour for Vocations. Please put down whatever you’ll be doing and come and spend just one hour with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, praying for good, strong, holy vocations from our Parish of St Mary’s that will help renew the Church and our country. God raises up great saints in all ages to combat the problems and to renew the Church. May the Lord give us saints now.

Fr Paul Gillham, IC

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