As you read this I am on pilgrimage in the Holy Land. Pilgrimage is a time for intense prayer, and to be on pilgrimage in the Holy Land is to enter in a profound way into the earthly places where the Lord practiced and taught prayer. Please join with me remotely in prayer as I offer prayer in these sacred places–made holy by the life, death, and resurrection of God in human flesh. Here is a reflection on prayer by a 14th Century Venetian saint, St. Lawrence Justinian:
“In prayer the soul is purified from sin, charity is nurtured,
faith takes root, hope is strengthened, the spirit gladdened.
In prayer the soul melts into tenderness, the heart
is purified, the truth reveals itself, temptation is overcome,
sadness put to flight. In prayer, the senses are renewed,
lukewarmness vanishes, failing virtue is reinvigorated, the
rust of vices is scoured away; and in this exchange, there
come forth living sparks, blazing desires of heaven, in
which the flame of divine love burns.”
Please offer this prayer daily in offering to God:
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, for the salvation of souls, the reparation of sins, the reunion of all Christians, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month. Amen.