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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Prayer unites us with God and each other

by Melanie Jean Juneau


 

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The Holy Spirit by Corrado (Photo in Public Domain).




Our whispered hello to God and each other is called prayer.
I am not just reciting theology when I remind you that there is neither time nor distance when we live and move and breathe in the Spirit. As believers, we are all connected not only to God, but to each other, in the Mystical Body of Christ. It is as if  the Lord has plugged us into an invisible circuit board where a mere thought lights up a surge of power and love that moves with the speed of light directly to the heart of God and to the soul we are praying for. Many times my parents, sister and children realized that when I mention exactly when I interceded for their needs, they had felt a burden lift.
Although it seems inconceivable to our modern, western logic, the intercession of the saints both living and dead is vital to our spiritual health. I know that there are men and women of prayer who have interceded for me for decades. Perhaps they are contemplative monks in monasteries or invalids who constantly pray the Rosary, but the Father uses their prayers to enlighten, guide and heal me. I am near tears of gratitude.
God is the great “I AM” who exists  yesterday, today and tomorrow. His Spirit mysteriously unites all of us, intimately present to each soul, all at the same time. Our whispered hello to God and each other is called prayer.

We are never alone. We live in the Spirit and He dwells in us. A cloud of witnesses surrounds us with prayerful support. They are as near to us as our next breath, because they are also in the Spirit and He is in them. Let’s welcome the Word of God and the prayers of the faithful, because they are like rays of Sonshine in our hearts.



This post was published simultaneously at Melanie's blog,   Joy of 9.

6 comments:

  1. Interestingly, three or four other bloggers posted similar articles this week. It seems that God spoke to many of us about the communion between the saints in heaven and on earth.

    "Excellent!!! My thoughts ventured towards this very thing this week. Being one with God, means we are also one with each other. When we think about it, what a beautiful family. God’ family. I as well am very grateful and humbled by those who continuously pray day and night for us. What beautiful souls! Great post and God Bless, SR

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    1. If God does have a “message in mind,” as Reinkat is writing something similar, we are so blessed to be sharing it. I hope we do it “justice,” if this is the case. God Bless, SR

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  2. You have a way with words, Melanie! This is such an uplifting post!

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    1. and YOU are generous, I'm pleased you were blessed

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  3. We all have a role in the Communion of saints as intercessors and will be surprised again and again now and in eternity at the power of our prayers. God whispers to us the needs of others and we pray and fulfill them as faithfully as we can. In the quiet of our hearts, lives the Holy Spirit who rouses in us the good works he planned for us.

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