December 15   



The Gift of Praying

Hello Friend.
Perhaps you have heard enough
of my talking about
"Christmas Gifts That Don't Cost A Cent."
But let me add one more and that is
THE GIFT OF PRAYING FOR SOMEONE.

We feel more secure and at peace
when we know someone is praying for us or for me.
That's why I consider it a Gift.

Abraham Lincoln once said:
"I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go.
My own wisdom and that of all about me
seemed insufficient for that day."

We all need to pray because as Saint Augustine said:
"Prayer is spiritual breathing."

When we pray for another
we are in some mysterious way helping that individual.
But rather than go into the subject of
"PRAYING FOR SOMEONE,"
I think simply to quote
"THE PEACE PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI"
says it all as well as provide a healthy life style.

gLord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."

With blessings.
Father Peter