Many of us are looking to strengthen our faith and experience a peace that is beyond our understanding. But how?
Many people continue to say they don’t know how to pray or what to ask for. One answer is to look at what Martha did in the gospel today. She had direct communication with Jesus. God was not off in some faraway place in the heavens, instead he was right there with her.
Martha’s story reminds us that every day we are invited to remember God, communicate with Him, express our hopes and needs, and voice our gratitude.
Martha could see Jesus right there with her. We can’t see God, but we know He is also right here with us too. Visualize this the next time you pray. And when you pray with your family, remind them to do the same.
To reflect more deeply on this idea, you and your family might want to pray this traditional Irish prayer together:
Christ is with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!