July 14

Tried And True Words Of Prayer

Friday, July 14 Take with you words, and return to the Lord. Hosea 14:3

Sometimes when we go to the Lord we are full of words, but sometimes we are unable to express our deep feelings. Then we can turn to the great outpourings in the Bible and tradition, outpourings that are heavy with the longings voiced by believers for thousands of years.

I recall seeing the foot of the statue of St. Peter in Rome, worn thin by thousands of kisses of pilgrims. I can imagine the words, "St. Peter, pray for me" being said each time the statue was touched. That kind of devotion, shared by millions, is what we bring when wordless and needy, we say the Lord's Prayer or a line from the Psalms or a phrase from the Gospels such as "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me." All these words ring with a chorus of faithful human voices praising God or asking for guidance or other graces.

The words of Scripture and tradition are always waiting-tried and true, often known by heart. They are not old or worn out. Often they are comforting.

Let us go with these words to God, who we know by faith is always listening.

Sr. Marguerite Zralek, O.P.

Hosea 14:2- 10 * Psalm 51:3-4, 8-9, 12-14, 17 Matthew 10:16-23