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'From Lamentation to Peace'

St. Bruno, Bl. Marie Rose Durocher

O LORD, how long? Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealousy burn like fire?

- Psalm 79:5

Today we hear the communal lament of God's people. I like prayers of lamentation; they seem the most raw and sincere of our prayers. This psalm reflects the images of injustice and sinfulness in the world today. We have all, if we're honest, wanted to shout at the Divine Power that appears deaf to the chaos and evil present in the world. Even individuals of great faith are brought to their knees when prolonged illness, violent crime, or life's random crises strike them or their families. Why doesn't God intervene, now?

Prayers of lamentation are rooted in trust--God hears our cries, suffers with us and offers the strength to endure life's pain. When we forget to pray or cannot pray, God will still be with us. Friends and people we do not know will be praying with us and for us. Peace is in knowing God's loving presence.

- Deborah A. Meister
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You are right, Deborah! Prayers of lamentation are rooted in trust even when we don't know how or what to pray during times of extreme stress.

All I have to do is listen to Jeremiah, the 'weeping prophet,' in Lamentations 1:14, 16, "My sins have been bound into a yoke; by His hands they were woven together. They have been hung on my neck, and the Lord has sapped my strength. He has given me into the hands of those I cannot withstand.....This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears. No one is near to comfort me, no one to restore my spirit. My children are destitute because the enemy has prevailed."

He took the words out of my mouth sometimes! And he wrote words to express my wordless feelings other times!

So it is with the Holy Spirit in times of my extreme weakness: Romans 8:26-27, "And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father Who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will."

Holy Spirit, You are my advocate, my helper, and my counselor. You remind me of what Jesus has said. You prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment. You keep me in line of pleasing to God. I cannot do or understand anything of God without You!!! Holy Spirit, come and fill my being! Holy Spirit, come and take over me! Thank you Father for sending the Holy Spirit to me, Amen!
Salina | Posted on: 2017-10-06 21:16:36
freeter | Posted on: 2017-10-06 07:43:44
jjt I have found by centering myself by asking the holy spirit to guide my mind and control my thoughts then saying basic prayers. I am ready to hear what the Lords want. I also read Sarah Young " Jesus calling"
In the am I listen to USCCB daily Readings and catholic morning prayer
I have not forgotten your problem with what is wrong with the world. Las Vagas was horrible but it also shown the great power of many who stepped up.
I am a viet nam vet who has a beautiful wife with stage 4 cancer. I AM NOT GIVING UP Ken
kjc | Posted on:: 2017-10-06 21:06:35
Yes, jjt....I continue to lift you up in prayer!

Where's God in the Midst of Suffering?


Praying for you and your wife, Ken! Colossians 1:11-12a, "pray that you will be strengthened with all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father."
Salina | Posted on:: 2017-10-07 00:02:30
It may be in my humbled opinion the times we are overcome and unable to pray is the time our prayer is most effective, for at that moment it is The Holy Spirit that prays in us. "I pray as the Holy Spirit permits me to pray." Pope john Paul 2.
God knows what we need, it is for us to trust and allow His will for us and all to act in us so we may act in the world.
Peace be with you all!
Daniel | Posted on: 2017-10-06 07:31:19
Very well said, Daniel! God bless you and yours today and always!
D. Brannan | Posted on:: 2017-10-06 08:01:53
Gregg | Posted on:: 2017-10-06 19:49:25
Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this day and for today's Gospel. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father most of all for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ now and forever. Amen
A Sinner | Posted on: 2017-10-06 07:02:13
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