Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
(d. 1591)Readings of the day: RB 17 The Number of Psalms to be Sung at the HoursMass: Si 48:1-14; Resp Ps 97; Mt 6:7-15In praying, do not babble like the pagans.
St Benedict’s words on prayer echo Jesus’: We must know that God regards our purity of heart and tears of compunction, not our many words. Prayer should therefore be short and pure, unless perhaps it is prolonged under the inspiration of divine grace. In community, however, prayer should always be brief (RB 20:3-5).
Dear Jesus,bless all those who have asked me to pray for them.Bless those who have no one to pray for them.Amen.Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.Prayer becomes the silence of Love, and this silence reveals the ‘I’ in its deepest aspects; and, should words suddenly arise in prayer, we must regard them as fruits of love that send us back to silence.
(Augustine Ichiro Okumura)