Friday, July 3, 2009

The Power of Prayer--Remember St. Augustine?

An outstanding example of the power of prayer is the life of Saint Augustine of Hippo. For many years his Mother, Saint Monica, cried and prayed and pleaded with God for the conversion of her wayward son. When all seemed lost, God answered her prayer with a resounding "YES"! Augustine not only was converted, but became a priest, a bishop, and one of the few select Doctors of the Church! In addition to the dramatic conversion of her son, Monica was eventually recognized by the Church as a Saint, along with Augustine.

Saint Monica's perseverance in prayer is a good example for all who are eager to witness good results from their prayer quickly. It can be a temptation to give up when disappointed in the seeming lack of response in the one prayed for. If Saint Monica had given up on her son, only God knows how his life would have been different. Because of her faithfulness, the Church and the world were blessed with a great Saint and Doctor of the Church; and Saint Monica was blessed with a son who became a Saint.

When we are praying for priests, it is important to be faithful. Jesus said to Venerable Concepcion Cabrera de Armida, "...I want souls who are dedicated with fervor, with determination and without looking for rest, to plead day and night for My priests."

What is done out of love for God and for others is never wasted, no matter how it might appear. When there is no immediate gratification, it can be another opportunity to make a spiritual offering on behalf of priests. When we are trying to please Jesus there is no limit to possible benefits for ourselves and others, although many will be hidden and unknown to us in this life on earth. It is impossible to outdo Him in generosity, but well worth trying.


Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, Mother of all priests, and our Mother, help us to respond generously to the Holy Spirit's request, through the voice of His Church, to offer up to God Eucharistic adoration for priests. Amen.

No comments: