"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Has it ever happened to you?
An intimation that someone needs your prayer - right now - drop what you are doing - pray! I've awakened during the night like that. Once I awoke as if someone had shaken me, and I immediately thought to pray for a man I met a few times, though I hardly knew him. I should mention - for the sake of possible coincidence - that a parishioner had informed me a week or so prior to my experience that the fellow was ill and might be dying. Anyway - the next morning at Mass another acquaintance from daily Mass came up to me and said, "Bob K. died during the night - did you know him?" (I probably had been praying for him at the moment of his death.)
Today I felt an overwhelming sense to stop painting and pray for someone - perhaps a suicide - I tried to dismiss the thought but I couldn't get it out of my mind and I soon stopped what I was doing to pray.
Please pray for the fellow I was inspired to pray for today - or just pray especially for those who will commit suicide during the holidays.
Art: "The Suicide" - Antoine Wiertz (1806-1865)