July 19, 2020
Fr. John Mary’s homily reflects on our ability to pray with ease and our inability to pray due to our weaknesses. We must be humble and not fall into the sin of pride but rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance through humility and trust.
- Through difficult times, people are finding prayer hard and difficult.
- The greatest danger in the spiritual life is pride, especially in times when prayer is easy.
- In our own weakness to pray, the Holy Spirit can aide us and act beyond our own efforts or awareness.
- According to St. Paul, the greatest prayer is not what we do, but what we let the Holy Spirit do in us.
- We can give greater glory to God in one moment of trust than whole hours.
- The Holy Spirit needs humility and trust form us. We need to let Him pray in us beyond our words and efforts.
St. Paul says, “We do not know how to pray as we ought.”. He tells us that the Holy Spirit comes to the aide of our weakness. St. Paul is helping us realize the greatest prayer is not what we do, but what we let the Holy Spirit do in us. He respects our free will, so we can impede Him, not let Him or we can freely allow Him to act in us.
Let Him pray in us, beyond our words, beyond our efforts. When we let the Holy Spirit guide us, the sighs and groans come out. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us according to the will of God. This groaning and longing and desire in our soul for the Father is an echo of the Father’s own yearning for us, to unite us to Him. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. The Spirit Himself intercedes for us with sighs to deep for words. With all of the difficulties we encounter in prayer, tell the Holy Spirit, “I recognize my inability, but I put my trust in you and I ask you to pray within me.”